Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland 2015

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By contrast, Joey DeFrancesco literally pulled out all the stops to make the most of his slot as the festival closer. He has put together yet another fine trio featuring Cleveland-based guitarist Dan Wilson and drummer Jason Brown. Opening with "The Preacher," DeFrancesco left no doubt about the fact Jimmy Smith still is one of the main dudes to butter his bread, so to speak. Wilson's original, "Who Shot John?" was a stunner in every way, including the guitarist's own time in the solo spotlight.

Giving his set some variety, Mike Boone was added on bass. This gave Joey the opportunity to step out from behind the organ to vocalize and blow some sweet trumpet on "The Touch of Your Lips." He also sat down at the piano for a lively trio performance that led one to wonder why he has not previously explored the 88s. Back at the organ, the twelve bar blues was the order of the evening for some Mumbles style scatting and another rousing solo that would close things down well past the midnight hour.


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