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Album Review

This was a logical matchup. Danny Gatton was a high-powered and very versatile guitarist who could play virtually any modern style. His tonal distortions and use of feedback were impressive but he could also swing as hard as anyone around. The same could be said of organist Joey DeFrancesco and, together with bassist John Previti and drummer Timm Biery, the lead voices romp on a variety of fairly basic material with lots of blues and a few standards. Although no new revelations are offered, the joyful chancetaking of Danny Gatton kept the music from ever becoming predictable or too relaxed; he certainly challenges DeFrancesco throughout this set.

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DeFrancesco is Aces High on this one

Get this CD, it's great, but...

Although Danny Gatton was an amazing guitarist, and was capable of holding his own playing country, rock-n-roll, rock-a-billy, blues, and jazz music, I totally disagree with one of the reviewer's remarks: "Although no new revelations are offered, the joyful chance taking of Danny Gatton kept the music from ever becoming predictable or too relaxed; he certainly challenges DeFrancesco throughout this set."

Au contraire mon frere! Yes, this was a 'Gatton' session with his drummer and bass player. Yes, Gatton was a 'chameleon' when it came to genre segues. But, he met his match and then some in Joey DeFrancesco. Especially when compared with DeFrancesco's encyclopedic grasp of jazz structure and theory. Joey started playing the piano at the age of four, switching to the B3 shortly after. By age six, he was sitting in on his father's gigs; by ten, he was playing out on his own, also sitting in with organ legends like Jack McDuff and Richard "Groove" Holmes. When he was seventeen years old, Miles Davis asked Joey to join his band. DeFrancesco (while still in his teens) toured and recorded with the Miles Davis band.

That aside, the energy level and melodic improvisations are at their peak during Joey's solos. In particular, check the solos during "Kindred Spirits", and the standards "The Chess Players" and "Well You Needn't". Don't get me wrong, this is an amazing recording that will take your breath away, but Joey DeFrancesco was clearly in the driver's seat. For a similar, high-energy album with a true jazz guitarist, check out Jimmy Bruno's album "Like That" (available on iTunes). Bruno and DeFrancesco really 'lock horns' on that one!!!

Danny G & Joey D!

To listen to either Danny or Joey individually is a treat, but to have them together is a dream. The rhythm section ain't too bad, neither!

A Classic

This is a classic as well. Saw Gatton right before his death and he was excellent.

1 of 6 Joey classics, per my other posts.

bob in Denver Co


Genre: Blues

Guitar virtuoso Danny Gatton was known for the incredibly wide stylistic range of his playing; based in rockabilly, Gatton's musical vocabulary included R&B, pop, country, rock, and jazz, all of which he could play effectively. Gatton began playing at age nine, joining his first band, the Lancers, three years later. In 1960, Gatton pursued a jazz direction when he joined the Offbeats, where pianist/organist Dick Heintze proved to be one of Gatton's biggest influences. The band broke up four years...
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