Never Can Say Goodbye: The Music of Michael Jackson

Never Can Say Goodbye: The Music of Michael Jackson

by Joey DeFrancesco
     
 
Coming after his tribute to the iconic jazz pianist Horace Silver, Joey DeFrancesco's tribute to the music of Michael Jackson might seem something of a surprise, perhaps even exploitive as its release followed Jackson's death by just over a year. But for DeFrancesco it's always come down to the song -- which melodies might best suit his

Overview

Coming after his tribute to the iconic jazz pianist Horace Silver, Joey DeFrancesco's tribute to the music of Michael Jackson might seem something of a surprise, perhaps even exploitive as its release followed Jackson's death by just over a year. But for DeFrancesco it's always come down to the song -- which melodies might best suit his style, a cross between traditional and progressive -- and if anyone had a knack for a tune it was Michael Jackson. DeFrancesco -- who plays not only his usual Hammond B-3 but other organs, piano, and trumpet on the recording -- sticks largely to material from Jackson's solo career here, with an emphasis on Thriller (five of the nine songs), using the original song structures as takeoff points. DeFrancesco's interpretations reference Jackson's originals but depart from them substantially enough that they never feel like copies, and at times he and the band expand far outside of the basic chordal boundaries Jackson set down. More than anything, DeFrancesco appears to be having fun with this set (he even sings a couple). And when he and the band (guitarist Paul Bollenback is on fire) get cooking, as they do more often than not -- some of these tracks ("Billie Jean," "Rock with You," "Beat It") seriously rock -- it's hard not to get caught up in the party atmosphere.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/14/2010
Label:
Highnote
UPC:
0632375721527
catalogNumber:
7215
Rank:
82293

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Joey DeFrancesco   Primary Artist,Organ,Piano,Trumpet,Hammond Organ,Vocals
Paul Bollenback   Electric Guitar,Guitar (Nylon String)
Byron Landham   Drums
Pat Bianchi   Keyboards
Carmen Intorre   Percussion
Annie Sciola   Background Vocals
Ann Fontinella   Violin
Samantha Aurelio   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Paul Bollenback   Producer
Joey DeFrancesco   Producer
Joe Fields   Executive Producer
Byron Landham   Producer
Donald Elfman   Liner Notes
R. Andrew Lepley   Cover Photo
Glenn Ferracone   Producer,Engineer
Pat Bianchi   Producer
J. Bettis   Composer
Kay-Christian Heine   Tray Photo
Carmen Intorre   Producer
Mark Reynolds   Sound Effects

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