If you lived in the greater Philadelphia area around 1980 you knew the name 'Papa' John DeFrancesco. He was the dean of the Hammond organ at that time and an overlord of Philly's hard-bop-and-deep-groove bar-jazz scene. Famously, Papa put aside his playing career to watch over his progeny, Joey DeFrancesco, who by age 17 would start touring as a member of Miles Davis' band. But by the mid-'90s, with Joey grown and on his own, not only did Papa resume his nights out behind the B-3, he started recording, first for Muse and now for Savant. Papa has made another trip to the studio, not only bringing Joey along for the ride, but with his guitar-playing scion, John, to boot. Together with tenor saxophonist Joe Fortunato and drummer Glenn Ferracone, they take an un-hackneyed program of nine tunes and add another notch in the belt of this B-3 icon.
Featuring: 'Papa' John DeFrancesco, Hammond B-3 organ;
with Joey DeFrancesco, trumpet; Joe Fortunato, tenor sax; John DeFrancesco Jr., guitar; Glenn Ferracone, drums
Tracks: Papa Was a Rolling Stone; Strange Brew; By the Time I Get to Phoenix; The Thang; It's Your Thing; You Are My Sunshine; Dr. Mike; Blues in the Closet; A Philadelphia Story
Papa Was a Rolling Stone
It's Your Thing
You Are My Sunshine