Joey DeFrancesco

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HighNote HCD 7032
Joey DeFrancesco
The Champ

DeFrancesco flexes his considerable B-3 muscles on this tribute to his patron saint of the Hammond, Jimmy Smith. Possessing a virtually flawless technique, Joey executes some of the most stupefying pyrotechnics you will ever hear on the keyboard while putting his awesome chops completely at the service of the music. The repertoire is drawn from Jimmy Smith classics with such favorites as "Mack the Knife", "The Preacher", "Walk on the Wild Side" and others. Showing an acute awareness of Smith's contribution to the jazz organ, Joey remains completely his own man while giving an affectionate nod of appreciation towards the older master. With Randy Johnston and Jimmy Smith's former drummer, Billy Hart, Joey produces what may well be the Jazz Organ Record of the Year.

Joey DeFrancesco- Hammond B3 organ; Randy Johnson- guitar; Billy Hart- drums

Tracks: The Champ; Mack the Knife; When Johnnie Comes Marchin' Home; Lover Man Oh Where Can You Be; Organ Grinder's Swing; OGD; The Preacher; Walk on the Wild Side; The Cat.

 The Champ

 Organ Grinder's Swing


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