Learn How

We need your help in 2018

Support All About Jazz All About Jazz is looking for readers to help fund our 2018 projects that directly support jazz. You can make this happen by purchasing ad space or by making a donation to our fund drive. In addition to completing every project (listed here), we'll also hide all Google ads and present exclusive content for a full year!

1

Joey DeFrancesco at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola

Nick Catalano By

Sign in to view read count
As the New York August heat blazed onto the streets on Saturday night (August 13th), Joey DeFrancesco and his trio rocketed into Dizzy's with their own burning repertoire. The B-3 wizard played four selections from his new HighNote CD Trip Mode and had an audience which included Bill Charlap, Paquito D'Rivera, and Todd Barkan roaring with approval for the tunes—some written with metronome settings breaking the sound barrier.

The new group features guitarist Dan Wilson and drummer Jason Brown flying alongside the organ master (bassist Mike Boone appears on the CD)—the trio projecting remarkable energy in the evening swelter. DeFrancesco brought out his trumpet a few times and vocalized "Around the World" adding to the musical multidimensionality he has displayed in recent years.

"In that Order" a DeFrancesco composition, opened the initial set and established the structure for the evening's performance—intricately rhythmed heads, multi-chorused solos, and crisp trade dialogues —all familiar features of DeFrancesco's oeuvre. Other compositions of the bandleader were "Cuz U Know"—a soaring blues with humorous interludes, and the title tune "Trip Mode"—a meteoric exercise in improvisational fortitude.

At age 45, the mostly self-ear-trained organist has already surpassed many of his jazz predecessors and with his trumpet playing and increased reading and compositional skills continually developing, one wonders what he will achieve next.

Tags

Related Video

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Jelly Roll Morton Front and (Lincoln) Center New York Beat Jelly Roll Morton Front and (Lincoln) Center
by Nick Catalano
Published: September 19, 2017
Read Pat Martino at The Jazz Standard New York Beat Pat Martino at The Jazz Standard
by Nick Catalano
Published: August 8, 2017
Read John Pizzarelli Celebrates Sinatra-Jobim New York Beat John Pizzarelli Celebrates Sinatra-Jobim
by Nick Catalano
Published: July 21, 2017
Read Collegiate Jazz at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola New York Beat Collegiate Jazz at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola
by Nick Catalano
Published: March 31, 2017
Read John Pizzarelli Soars at Birdland New York Beat John Pizzarelli Soars at Birdland
by Nick Catalano
Published: September 16, 2016
Read Joey DeFrancesco at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola New York Beat Joey DeFrancesco at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola
by Nick Catalano
Published: August 18, 2016
Read "Pat Martino at The Jazz Standard" New York Beat Pat Martino at The Jazz Standard
by Nick Catalano
Published: August 8, 2017
Read "John Pizzarelli Celebrates Sinatra-Jobim" New York Beat John Pizzarelli Celebrates Sinatra-Jobim
by Nick Catalano
Published: July 21, 2017
Read "Jelly Roll Morton Front and (Lincoln) Center" New York Beat Jelly Roll Morton Front and (Lincoln) Center
by Nick Catalano
Published: September 19, 2017
Read "Collegiate Jazz at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola" New York Beat Collegiate Jazz at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola
by Nick Catalano
Published: March 31, 2017
Read "Bob James Trio with Randy Brecker at the Blue Note" Live Reviews Bob James Trio with Randy Brecker at the Blue Note
by Tyran Grillo
Published: August 21, 2017
Read "Generation Next: Four Voices From Seattle" Interview Generation Next: Four Voices From Seattle
by Paul Rauch
Published: June 19, 2017
Read "FORQ at The World Cafe Live" Live Reviews FORQ at The World Cafe Live
by Mike Jacobs
Published: August 18, 2017
Read "AJAZZGO Festival in Cali, Colombia" Live Reviews AJAZZGO Festival in Cali, Colombia
by Mark Holston
Published: October 13, 2017
Read "Cloudland Re-Revisited: Think of One" Genius Guide to Jazz Cloudland Re-Revisited: Think of One
by Jeff Fitzgerald, Genius
Published: April 7, 2017