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The City Rhythm Orchestra: Vibrant Tones

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With this new CD and companion DVD, you can not only hear Philadelphia's exciting City Rhythm Orchestra with guest artist and homeboy Joey DeFrancesco burning at the Hammond B-3, you can also see them ramp up the voltage in a crowd-pleasing dockside concert from July '03 at Wiggins Park in Camden, NJ.

Musically, the CD and DVD are far from synonymous. Of the dozen tunes on the CD, seven are repeated in the concert, but with different solos, of course, ...

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The City Rhythm Orchestra: Swingin' Blue / Goin' to Town

Read "Swingin' Blue / Goin' to Town" reviewed by Jack Bowers

A pair of hard–hitting big–band sessions by Philadelphia’s City Rhythm Orchestra, the most recent of which, Swingin’ Blue, we’ll survey first, as it showcases one of Philly’s favorite sons, the dynamic young organist Joey DeFrancesco. Blue was recorded nearly four years ago (September ’97) before an understandably enthusiastic audience at the City of Brotherly Love’s Five Spot nightclub. Inviting someone as awesome as Joey D to sit in with the orchestra has its upside and its down. On the one ...


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