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! ***
I love jazz because next to my kids, it's the love of my life.
I was first exposed to jazz by Joe Rico from a tiny station in Niagara Falls in 1954 when I was 13.
The best show I ever attended was Maynard Ferguson who blew the roof off Massey Hall in the late 50s.
My advice to new listeners is to listen to everything you can and then listen again.