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Over the past three decades plus it could be argued that one man played an outsized role in bringing the Hammond B3 organ back into the jazz fold. If nothing else, it will be this for which Joey DeFrancesco will be remembered. But, Joey contributed so much more. He aptly handled the challenge of the B3 with ease, almost making it look effortless. He played with many greats, many of them were his idols. He also played the trumpet, saxophone, sang, and covered a wide variety of charts including some of his own. Joey checked out of Hotel Earth a few days ago, way too soon. As a consolation, we are blessed with dozens of recordings capturing his energies and talents. In this hour, we will dig a small sample of his contribution to the jazz legacy.
|Joey DeFrancesco & Jimmy Smith||Off the Top||Legacy|
|Joey DeFrancesco||Dr. Jekyll||Part III|
|Joey DeFrancesco||Let's Get To the Nitty Gritty||Finger Poppin' -
Celebrating the Music of Horace Silver
|Joey DeFrancesco||Goodbye||One for Rudy|
|The DeFrancesco Brothers||The Latin||The DeFrancesco Brothers|
|Van Morrison & Joey DeFrancesco||Close Enough for Jazz||You're Driving Me Crazy|
|Bobby Hutcherson||Teddy||Enjoy the View|
|Joey DeFrancesco & Joe Doggs||Can't We Begin Again?||Falling In Love Again|
|Joey DeFrancesco||I Thought About You||Singin' & Swingin'|
|Joey DeFrancesco||Never Can Say Goodbye||Never Can Say Goodbye:
The Music of Michael Jackson