Singin' and Swingin'

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All Music Guide - David R. Adler
Joey DeFrancesco the jazz organist meets Joey DeFrancesco the Sinatra-style crooner on this, his first vocal outing. The album is rich in contrasts: eight of the 13 cuts feature a big band, with the likes of bassist Ray Brown, tenor saxophonist Pete Christlieb, and more; the rest are trio pieces featuring the leader, Paul Bollenback, on guitar and Byron Landham on drums. Vocally, DeFrancesco pours it on with beaucoup reverb producer John Burk and engineer Bernie Kirsh could have backed off a bit, handling swingers like "Mack the Knife" and ballads like "They Say It's Wonderful" with equal poise and conviction. His organ is present on many of the vocal tracks, but it ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - David R. Adler
Joey DeFrancesco the jazz organist meets Joey DeFrancesco the Sinatra-style crooner on this, his first vocal outing. The album is rich in contrasts: eight of the 13 cuts feature a big band, with the likes of bassist Ray Brown, tenor saxophonist Pete Christlieb, and more; the rest are trio pieces featuring the leader, Paul Bollenback, on guitar and Byron Landham on drums. Vocally, DeFrancesco pours it on with beaucoup reverb producer John Burk and engineer Bernie Kirsh could have backed off a bit, handling swingers like "Mack the Knife" and ballads like "They Say It's Wonderful" with equal poise and conviction. His organ is present on many of the vocal tracks, but it moves to the fore on the three instrumental originals: "Mr. Dennis Houlihan," a fast rhythm changes tune; "Did You Hear Him Holler," a tongue-in-cheek Cajun groove; and "The Sidewalk Is Wild," a sly big band shuffle that features the leader briefly on trumpet. DeFrancesco also gives his voice a rest on the swing classic "One Mint Julep," the penultimate "Danny Boy," done as a powerful trio ballad, and the closing standard, "I'm Getting Sentimental Over You." DeFrancesco's vocal affect is quite similar to Sinatra's, especially on songs closely associated with him, like "In the Wee Small Hours," one of the all-around best selections. Some won't be able to get past the hammy aspect of the album, but the fact is that DeFrancesco really can sing, and "if you've got it, flaunt it" is a worthy credo for any performer. You've got to applaud him for taking the plunge.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/14/2001
  • Label: Concord Records
  • UPC: 013431486121
  • Catalog Number: 4861
  • Sales rank: 165,074

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Joey DeFrancesco Primary Artist, Trumpet, Hammond Organ, Vocals
Conte Candoli Trumpet
Pete Christlieb Tenor Saxophone
Rickey Woodard Tenor Saxophone
Bruce Dukov Concert Master
Ray Brown Bass
Darius Campo Violin
Russ Cantor Violin
Patricia Johnson Violin
Armen Ksadjikian Cello
Sal Lozano Alto Saxophone
Andy Martin Trombone
Bob McChesney Trombone
Mike Millar Trombone
Jorge Moraga Viola
Jack Nimitz Baritone Saxophone
Carl Saunders Trumpet
Harry Shirinian Viola
Frank Szabo Trumpet
Wayne Bergeron Trumpet
Rachel Purkin Violin
Gil Romero Violin
Vage Ayrikyan Cello
Dave Cook Drums
Horia Moroaica Violin
George Bohanon Trombone
Technical Credits
Marc Blitzstein Composer
Kurt Weill Composer
Bertolt Brecht Composer
John Burk Producer
Joey DeFrancesco Arranger, Producer
Bernie Kirsh Engineer
Horace Ott Arranger
Glen Barros Executive Producer
Yalitza Ferreras Art Direction
Paul De Barros Liner Notes
Frederick Edward Weatherly Composer
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