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Joey DeFrancesco

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Joey DeFrancesco’s emergence in the 1980s marked the onset of a musical renaissance. Organ jazz had been a form of music that literally went into hibernation from the mid-seventies to the mid-eighties largely because of the introduction of high-tech, light-weight keyboards. It was Joey, however, that ignited the flame once again with the sound of his vintage Hammond organ and Leslie tone cabinet. He not only illuminated this once dormant music form but brought back the many proponents of jazz organ who had been shuffled by record producers and club owners to lesser roles within the music industry

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Article: Album Review

John McLaughlin: The Montreux Years

Read "The Montreux Years" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Montreux Jazz Festival and John McLaughlin have shared a special bond since the English guitarist first performed at the internationally renowned Swiss festival in 1972, with The Mahavishnu Orchestra. Since then, the ever-searching McLaughlin has returned numerous times, with almost every formation he has ever led. This double vinyl or single-CD release is effectively a sampler, ...

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Troy Roberts: NU-JIVE: Nations United

Read "NU-JIVE: Nations United" reviewed by Geannine Reid


Troy Roberts is a two-time Grammy nominee who is becoming one of the most broadly recorded saxophonists of his time. Roberts' robust saxophone playing adorns several essential recordings ranging from the legendary Joey DeFrancesco to the iconic Van Morrison to the indispensable Jeff 'Tain' Watts to the assiduous Orrin Evans and the Captain Black Big Band, ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Kurt Elling, Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio & Buster Williams

Read "Kurt Elling, Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio & Buster Williams" reviewed by Joe Dimino


From legendary bassist Buster Williams, we stride into the 748th Episode of Neon Jazz. After Buster, we hear from his old friend, guitarist Larry Coryell. In that esteemed group of veterans, we also hear from the 95-year old guitarist George Freeman and a new song off his 2022 album Everybody Say Yeah. Along with old school ...

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Article: Year in Review

2021: The Year in Jazz

Read "2021: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling


The jazz world continued grappling and adjusting in year two of the COVID-19 pandemic. International Jazz Day again went virtual for the most part. Singer Tony Bennett put the final stamp on his touring--and likely recording--career after his Alzheimer's disclosure. Trumpeter Irvin Mayfield was headed to federal prison. The National Endowment for the Arts welcomed four ...

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Without You, No Me

Label: BCM&D Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Passing of the Torch; Without You, No Me; Bootsie; Please Don’t Talk About Me; In That Order; Voice of the Saxophone; I Can’t Give You Anything But Love; The Wise Old Owl; The Blues Ain’t Nothin’ (But Some Pain); Perdido.

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Article: Top Ten List

Pat Martino Top Ten Albums: More Than Meets The Eye

Read "Pat Martino Top Ten Albums: More Than Meets The Eye" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Hugely admired by his peers, guitarist Pat Martino never really enjoyed the high profile accorded the likes of John McLaughlin, John Abercrombie, Pat Metheny or John Scofield, though in that esteemed company the Philadelphian guitarist, who passed away in 2021, surely belongs. In a sixty-year career, interrupted for the guts of a decade by ...

Article: Radio & Podcasts

Barry Harris & Joey DeFrancesco

Read "Barry Harris & Joey DeFrancesco" reviewed by Joe Dimino


The 731st Episode of Neon Jazz begins with the powerful Joey DeFrancesco and the song “Free" off his More Music release. Keeping it in the family, we also hear from his dad Papa John DeFrancesco, plus Jake Baldwin, Lisa Hilton, Barrett Martin, Timo Lassy and Edward Decker. We also say farewell to the wonderful Barry Harris ...

Article: Radio & Podcasts

A Soulful Serving of Big John Patton, Philly platters from Sonic Liberation Front, Johnathan Blake & more

Read "A Soulful Serving of Big John Patton, Philly platters from Sonic Liberation Front, Johnathan Blake & more" reviewed by David Brown


This week, a soulful serving of Hammond B3 platters from Big John Patton to Gloria Coleman and Shirley Scott. New releases form Philly's Sonic Liberation Front, drummer Johnathan Blake and a Nobel Force from Jazzmeia Horn. All platters come with two sides. Welcome friends and neighbors to The Jazz Continuum. Old, new, in, out... wherever the ...

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Article: Guitarist's Rendezvous

Meet Larry Tamanini, Jostein Gulbrandsen, Joe Finn, Jon Hemmersam

Read "Meet Larry Tamanini, Jostein Gulbrandsen, Joe Finn, Jon Hemmersam" reviewed by Dom Minasi


Welcome back to Guitarists Rendezvous. This is the third installment in a series that introduces you to emerging or established guitarists who fly just under the radar of public recognition. Each fielded the same questions and recommended a video. Larry Tamanini Meet Larry Tamanini who hails from jny: Philadelphia. He is a steady fixture ...


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