Joey DeFrancesco

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HighNote HCD 7190
Joey DeFrancesco
Joey D!

DeFrancesco is the son of another Philly-area jazz organist, Papa John DeFrancesco, and the grandson of multi-instrumentalist Joe DeFrancesco, who worked with the Dorsey Brothers. Papa John let Joey sit in at his club dates when he was only seven or eight. By the age of ten he was playing weekend gigs for money and getting first-hand experience from the serious players coming through Philadelphia such as Jimmy Smith and Jack McDuff. Joey's style is hard driving and bluesy, deftly mixing modern jazz complexity and chicken shack simplicity making music that is all his own. He swings ferociously, executing spot-on single-note lines with imaginative bass lines underneath them. Here Joey burns up the keys of his new Diversi organ (he's part-owner in the company) with the help of his touring trio, tenorman Jerry Weldon and drummer Byron Landham. Hear why Joey D. is universally acclaimed as the King of the Jazz Organ as he rips through such tunes a "Take me Out to the Ballgame," "Dig," "Blues Up and Down" and others.

Joey DeFrancesco- organ; Jerry Weldon- tenor saxophone; Byron Landham- drums

Tracks: Dig; Lament; Take Me Out to the Ballgame; If Ever I Should Leave You; Besamé Mucho; Come Dance With Me; Nancy (With the Laughing Face); Blues Up and Down


 Take Me Out To the Ballgame

 Come Dance With Me

 Nancy (With the Laughing Face)

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