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Singin & Swingin

Joey De Francesco Audio CD
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Joey DeFrancesco comes from a musical family. His grandfather, Joseph DeFrancesco (his name sake), was a reed man who played with the Dorsey Brothers. And of course his father "Papa" John DeFrancesco is a fine jazz organist in his own right. At the age of 4 Joey began taking a strong interest in the organ. By the time he was five, he was playing Jimmy Smith solos verbatim. As the ... Read more in Amazon's Joey De Francesco Store

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Concord Jazz
  • ASIN: 5554022359
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Joey the Singer 27 Feb 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
My first experience of Joey de Francesco as singer was on the album LIve at the Five Spot where he sang "Work Song" To my mind that was a disaster and I would always skip the track on the CD player. However, here we have a more mature Joey and a few plates of spaghetti later. This I enjoyed and can gladly listen to in a tranquil moment. As ever, I love the tones of Joey's Hammond playing when the tempo is slower than the frantic improvisations that he can produce.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Concord takes DeFrancesco to the next level...outstanding!" 1 Sep 2001
By J. Lovins - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Listen as Joey sings ~ "MACK THE KNIFE", great rendition...with Ray Brown giving out with his familiar bass line, the whole band swings into a groove that will send you...each tune has that certain something...reminds you of Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin, Harry Connick Jr., Mel Torme, Vic Damone and Nat "King" Cole, smooth swingin' tempo delivery...keeps your foot tapping without you even knowing it...great stuff!
Joey is brilliant on the Hammond B-3 organ, kept the organ in jazz alive and well...the sounds that he invents are unbelievable, strictly original from previous outings with ~ "Joey DeFrancesco's Goodfellas" (1999) and "Incredible" (2000), both Concord label releases.

But this album has some stand outs ~ "LET ME LOVE YOU TONIGHT", great vocal and instrumental highlight by Joey, swings effortlessly..."I'M GETTING SENTIMENTAL OVER YOU", tones flow like a babbling-brook, gives this tune a whole-new-meaning...but my favorite and highlight is ~ "DANNY BOY", Joey reaches deep down into the very soul of this piece, and you know instantly he's got you, very reminiscent of the late Gene Harris style on piano, the very soul of music comes through and touches you.
The big band arrangements are awesome by Horace Ott, all trio arrangements by Joey DeFrancesco and thanks to Concord Records for having the foresight in releasing this heavily influenced sound of the '40s, when the bands were king and the thing that made music our favorite past time!

Total Time: 60:44 on 13 Tracks ~ Concord Jazz CCD-4861-2 ~ (2001)
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the TOP50 Jazz albuns ever !!! 11 Dec 2001
By Dihelson Mendonca - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Joey is simply superb!
As a Jazz pianist, I can't give less than 5 stars, although this album deserves a hundred stars.
I think it's about time we have a meeting between Joey DeFrancesco and Oscar Peterson. It would be double Incredible!!
BUY IT !!!
3.0 out of 5 stars Singin & Swining 20 Mar 2013
By David Spangler - Published on Amazon.com
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First, let me say that this is one of the most awesome musicians alive today. His Hammond B3 style and technique is second to none. And he plays trumpet and sings. The intent of this CD seems to be an attempt to compare himself with Frank Sinatra which he has the technical chops to do. However, at the tender age of 30, one has not lived enough to project the full character of a Sinatra whose career spanned many decades and was colored by WWII, acting, politics, association with mob figures, and so on. But some ten years later, his playing and character has greatly progressed. One should watch the many videos of him on YouTube to get a sense of the powerful talent of this musician. But, for me, this CD was premature.
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable - the top 11 Nov 2001
By Petr Kuhn - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
We are very happy to be able to listen to this album, it is a real pleasure for a keyboard player to hear it but I think not only for him, everybody have to appreciate it.

Yours sincerely, Peter Kuhn, keyboard teacher
5 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Sinatra, he's not 12 May 2002
By "songlife" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I've been a fan of Joey's ever since his first album. I find his albums, generally, to be interesting, but rarely exceptional. With this CD, possibly his worst, he is doing what his mentor Jack McDuff warned him NOT to do: sing. Usually, I'm interested in instrumentalists who decide to sing a few vocals, just to hear how their talent transfers to vocalizing, but not Joey D. I saw him in concert a few years ago and he sang (poorly), and ended up apologizing to the audience for his various voice cracklings. He is the owner of a thin, nasally singing voice, and his style consists strictly of trying to emulate Frank Sinatra, in a different way than his contemporary and fellow Sinatra worshipper Harry Connick, but equally as unsuccessful. In fact he's worse than Connick because he adds in the 'hip & groovy' Sinatra/Darin-isms (as on Mack The Knife) that always sound awful when anyone but Frank does them. All that's missing are the Vegas fingersnaps, and Joey could be the new Wayne Newton. He has no power and no pipes; he relies on the 'tender, whispery' approach for ballads and the 'hepcat' approach for most uptempos. Joey is no Sinatra, a fact some kind soul should whisper in his ear before he decides to sing again. I found all the tunes with vocals on this CD to be less than delightful, to say the least. As I said, I am a fan of his, but the guy is making it harder and harder to want to spend the money on his music.
The instrumentals, which comprise about half the album, are decent, but again, they are unspectacular (for the most part). But, any time you have the great Paul Bollenback and Joey together, there's going to be something good that comes out of the session. I can't recall if Joey played the trumpet on this one, but I'll take this opportunity to advise him to stay away from that too. His trumpet playing is stultifyingly boring without exception, yet he insists on playing it on a couple tunes on many of his records. He's another Miles emulator, with not even a fingertipful of Miles' talent. McDuff wasn't kidding when he told him to stay away from anything but organ playing. Joey is awesome on his main instrument and should follow the path of the other organ greats who were successful: stick to the organ (real B3, not MIDI), and vary the albums by the *choice of tunes*, *drawbar settings*, and *players*, not by trying to be a dual instrumentalist and singer. Groove Holmes, for example, never sang a note or picked up a wind instrument, yet he created dozens of satisfying, burning albums. Joey's not really that kind of player though; he tries to expand his horizons, an idea worth exploring for some people, but apparently not for him. He's getting into boring, almost modal jazz, using the same band every time, his sound is getting very stale, and in my opinion, it's time to get back to his specialty - burning.
I don't want to imply that this CD is wretched, it's not - there are a couple interesting tracks - but if Joey really wants to sing, he should either change his style or work with a vocal coach, because despite the fact that his heart is definitely in the right place and he's a sincere singer, his vocals are annoying and incompetent.
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