130

Joey DeFrancesco with Jimmy Smith: Legacy

By

Sign in to view read count
Joey DeFrancesco with Jimmy Smith: Legacy Released one week after the sudden death of Jimmy Smith on February 8, the new album by organist Joey DeFrancesco was the last recording featuring Smith, the man who revolutionized the Hammond B-3 by creatively incorporating it into the jazz idiom. First playing the organ at age four and performing playing gigs at ten with Richard "Groove" Holmes and Brother Jack McDuff, DeFrancesco has almost singlehandedly revived the popularity of the Hammond B-3 over the past fifteen years.

His Legacy, with Smith, is an extremely diverse and rich project. Almost no stones in various jazz genres are left unturned. It runs the gamut from the title track with its modal, Indian-influenced touch complete with sitar and zither, to the Smith-penned funky "Dot Com Blues." On the ballad "I'll Close My Eyes," a peaceful feeling of repose is imparted to the listener. First recorded in '60 by Smith, his classic tune "Back at the Chicken Shack" is completely refurbished in a spicy Latin style with the Banda Brothers. On "Jones 'N for Elvin," saxophonist James Moody plays in a searching, almost Coltrane-ish manner that is a fitting tribute to the late drummer.

Antonio Carlos Jobim's "Corcovado" is practically turned inside-out as the bossa nova rhythms are slightly deemphasized in place of a more funky backdrop. The gutbucket "I've Got My Mojo Workin" finds Smith singing with his gruff voice over a deep-in-the-pocket backbeat while DeFrancesco lays down some seriously funky grooves. With Sonny Rollins' "St. Thomas," a more Afro-Cuban sensibility is transposed over the famous calypso song with the pulsating rhythms of the Bandas.

Legacy is a five-star recording, sure to be regarded as landmark recording in the genre. With the passing of the world's greatest jazz organist, the torch has been passed on. DeFrancesco is carrying on the legacy of his dear friend and inspiration.


Track Listing: Legacy; Dot Com Blues; I'll Close My Eyes; Back at the Chicken Shack; Jones 'N for Elvin; Off the Top; Corcovado; I Got My Mojo Workin'; St. Thomas; Blues for Bobby C; Midnight Special.

Personnel: Joey DeFrancesco: organ, piano; Jimmy Smith: organ, vocals; James Moodytenor sax; Paul Bollenback: guitar, sitar; Eddy O'Reilly: zither; Tony Banda, Mel Brown, bass; Byron Landham, Steve Ferrone: drums; Ramon Banda: percussion, drums; Joey DeLeon: congas, shakere.

Title: Legacy | Year Released: 2005 | Record Label: Concord Music Group


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Open Book CD/LP/Track Review Open Book
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: August 17, 2017
Read Stolen Moments CD/LP/Track Review Stolen Moments
by Jack Bowers
Published: August 17, 2017
Read Sonder CD/LP/Track Review Sonder
by Troy Dostert
Published: August 17, 2017
Read Putting Off Death CD/LP/Track Review Putting Off Death
by Glenn Astarita
Published: August 17, 2017
Read Albert Mangelsdorff And His Friends CD/LP/Track Review Albert Mangelsdorff And His Friends
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: August 16, 2017
Read Heaven On Their Minds CD/LP/Track Review Heaven On Their Minds
by Bruce Lindsay
Published: August 16, 2017
Read "Steeped" CD/LP/Track Review Steeped
by John Eyles
Published: October 20, 2016
Read "Scratches Of Spain" CD/LP/Track Review Scratches Of Spain
by Roger Farbey
Published: June 9, 2017
Read "Angry Waves Vol.1&2" CD/LP/Track Review Angry Waves Vol.1&2
by Nicola Negri
Published: September 30, 2016
Read "June" CD/LP/Track Review June
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 19, 2017
Read "Madjafalao" CD/LP/Track Review Madjafalao
by Karl Ackermann
Published: January 19, 2017
Read "Godspeed" CD/LP/Track Review Godspeed
by Roger Farbey
Published: December 14, 2016

Sponsor: JANA PROJECT | LEARN MORE  

Support our sponsor

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.