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Album Review

Organist Joey DeFrancesco switched to a small label for this release. He is featured with his regular trio (with guitarist Paul Bollenback and drummer Byron Landham), guest bassist Keter Betts, and a six-piece horn section arranged by Horace Ott. Most unusual about this set is that DeFrancesco is also heard on piano, trumpet, and vocals. Unfortunately, his singing is more heartfelt than musical and brings down the value of the record. However, DeFrancesco's organ playing is as strong as ever and he is an underrated trumpeter most influenced by Miles Davis. Among the better selections are Wes Montgomery's "Twisted Blues," Wayne Shorter's "Black Nile," and "Moanin'."

Customer Reviews

3 Mediums = Master Musician!!

The Itunes sponsored review says that DeFrancesco's vocals take away from the album, on the contrary, in my mind he has a better timbre to his voice than comparable greats from Bennett to Bublé, to Sinatra! "Stop Leading Me On" alone is worth the price of the album! His Trumpet playing is also excellent, particularly it is taken into account that his "primary" instrument isn't even a wind instrument, never mind even a different member of the brass family. As one of my first experiences with DeFrancesco, I was also very impressed with the "pocket" he creates with his rhythm section. A 5th grader with stage fright would feel comfortable playing with DeFrancesco's groove. Great Album!

Great

Very good record, not 1 of the 6, check out Blue Nile.

bob, Denver, Co

Biography

Born: April 10, 1971 in Philadelphia, PA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

The music of Joey DeFrancesco — an important force in the revival of the Hammond B-3 organ as a jazz instrument — runs the gamut from soul-jazz and bluesy grooves à la Jimmy Smith to hard bop to the more advanced modal style of Coltrane disciple Larry Young. Born in Springfield, PA (near Philadelphia), on April 10, 1971, DeFrancesco was the son of another Philly-area jazz organist, Papa John DeFrancesco, and the grandson of multi-instrumentalist Joe DeFrancesco, who worked with the Dorsey...
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