Joey DeFrancesco, who was heavily influenced by organ maestro Jimmy Smith, is one of the most energetic and expressive Hammond B-3 players on the scene today. His sound combines huge slabs of swirling block chords with nimble, fleet-fingered keyboard runs. While the concept behind Goodfellas may seem a bit obvious and kitschy three Italian-Americans working out on some "Italian inspired" standards there is enough good music on this CD to make it a worthwhile purchase. The mood on this 12-tune collection ranges from the gentle swing of Speak Softly Love and Fly Me To The Moon to funky, flat-out, up-tempo barn burners like Malafemmena and Ya See What I'm Sayin'? Although Joey had never recorded with guitarist Frank Vignola or drummer Joe Ascione, this trio is airtight. Vignola is the real surprise here, his crystal clear tone and precise solos are impressive. Hammond organ fans may find this is one CD you can't refuse.....hey fahgettaboutit! ***
Track Listing: Speak Softly Love; Volar
Personnel: Joey DeFrancesco- Hammond B-3 organ; Frank Vignola- guitar; Joe Ascione- drums.
Learning Jazz gave me a masters degree in music. Jazz is American Classical Music, came
out of a need to be heard, to be understood, a voice when black America did not have one.
This is why the music is more than just an art form, it was created from blood, guts and heart
of those who suffered in this world. Its not to be taken lightly. If you do take it lightly it will
never sound right. Thank you to all the courageous musicians who made the world hear
them, their innovation came out of their experiences of the time that they lived. A treasure to
the world. American Classical Music. Imitate, Assimilate, Innovate a quote by Clark Terry.