Never Can Say Goodbye: The Music of Michael Jackson

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All Music Guide - Jeff Tamarkin
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, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jeff Tamarkin
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/14/2010
  • Label: Highnote
  • UPC: 632375721527
  • Catalog Number: 7215
  • Sales rank: 54,279

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Thriller (7:47)
  2. 2 Never Can Say Goodbye (5:52)
  3. 3 Beat It (7:12)
  4. 4 Human Nature (5:03)
  5. 5 Rock With You (6:30)
  6. 6 She's Out of My Life (6:43)
  7. 7 The Way You Make Me Feel (4:55)
  8. 8 Lady In My Life (5:36)
  9. 9 Billie Jean (9:46)
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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, Mastering
Pat Bianchi Producer
J. Bettis Composer
Kay-Christian Heine Tray Photo
Carmen Intorre Producer
Mark Reynolds Sound Effects
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