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Singin' and Swingin'
     

Singin' and Swingin'

by Joey DeFrancesco
 
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,

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/14/2001
Label:
Concord Records
UPC:
0013431486121
catalogNumber:
4861
Rank:
118756

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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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