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Joey DeFrancesco with Jimmy Smith: Legacy

Read "Legacy" reviewed by Dennis Hollingsworth

There have been many great practitioners of the Hammond organ in jazz history, including Shirley Scott, Groove Holmes, Charles Earland, and Larry Young. Today, Dan Wall and Larry Goldings have helped bring the organ back to the forefront. But perhaps no one can claim the overall impact of the late Jimmy Smith. His harmonic conception and technical prowess are now legendary. Spanning four decades of jazz history, Smith helped define the organ and guitar tradition with folks like Wes Montgomery, ...

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Joey DeFrancesco with Jimmy Smith: Legacy

Read "Legacy" reviewed by John Kelman

When Joey DeFrancesco--a key player in the late-'80s Hammond B-3 organ revival while still in his teens--teamed up with organ legend Jimmy Smith in August of 2004, little did either know that Smith would pass away a scant six months later. If Smith was ailing, one would never know it from the result of those sessions. Legacy fulfills the promise indicated by Smith's sitting in at a 1999 concert that would ultimately be released by DeFrancesco as Incredible. With a ...

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Joey DeFrancesco with Jimmy Smith: Legacy

Read "Legacy" reviewed by Terrell Kent Holmes

With the passing of organ legend Jimmy Smith on February 8th, the jazz world lost a boundless innovator and a good old friend. His final recording, the appropriately titled Legacy, proves that, even in his seventies, he was still the man on the B3. He shares the bill with disciple Joey DeFrancesco, once hailed as the precocious child in the Hammond dynasty.The disc cooks from jump with the nimble title track and the duo shines on Smith's wicked ...

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Joey DeFrancesco with Jimmy Smith: Legacy

Read "Legacy" reviewed by Mark Sabbatini

Sometimes circumstances guarantee albums a certain stature before they hit the street. One simply hopes the music proves worthy.

The death of legendary organist Jimmy Smith a week before the release of Legacy, headlined by protégé Joey DeFrancesco, assures strong interest from both old and new organ jazz crowds. It's a solid coda for a five-decade career that redefined the role of the Hammond B-3 organ, although on merit it's a bit short of Smith's top work.

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The DePaul University Jazz Ensemble: Legacy

Read "Legacy" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Having taken a short trip across town to Joe Segal’s Jazz Showcase to record its last album in concert, the DePaul University Jazz Ensemble returns to the studio for Legacy, where it is joined (on the last four tracks) by an honored guest, big–band drummer extraordinaire Louie Bellson. Louie wrote (and presents drum clinics on) all of those tunes starting with the aptly named and coolly swinging “Brush Taps” and including “Boston Express,” “LOROELMA” and “Legacy.” Bellson, one of the ...


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