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The Champ

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
In a way, Joey DeFrancesco's entire career has been devoted to Jimmy Smith. Ever since he arrived in the late '80s, DeFrancesco was known for his dexterous assimilation of Smith's tasteful soul-jazz, and he expanded on that basic sound as the '90s progressed. It was likely just a matter of time before he sat down and recorded a full-fledged tribute to the Master of the Jazz Organ -- which is exactly what he did with Champ: Dedicated to Jimmy Smith. Working with bassist Randy Johnston and drummer Billy Hart, DeFrancesco keeps the spirit of Smith's classic Blue Note sessions alive, and Champ is indeed an expert emulation of that clean yet funky sound -- so much so...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
In a way, Joey DeFrancesco's entire career has been devoted to Jimmy Smith. Ever since he arrived in the late '80s, DeFrancesco was known for his dexterous assimilation of Smith's tasteful soul-jazz, and he expanded on that basic sound as the '90s progressed. It was likely just a matter of time before he sat down and recorded a full-fledged tribute to the Master of the Jazz Organ -- which is exactly what he did with Champ: Dedicated to Jimmy Smith. Working with bassist Randy Johnston and drummer Billy Hart, DeFrancesco keeps the spirit of Smith's classic Blue Note sessions alive, and Champ is indeed an expert emulation of that clean yet funky sound -- so much so that certain listeners may wonder what the point is and why not just listen to Smith's own albums. That's a valid complaint, since DeFrancesco rarely finds a voice of his own on this record, but the album itself is a good listen for that very reason.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/18/1999
  • Label: Highnote
  • UPC: 632375703226
  • Catalog Number: 757032

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Joey DeFrancesco Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Marc Blitzstein Composer
Kurt Weill Composer
Dizzy Gillespie Composer
Bertolt Brecht Composer
Joey DeFrancesco Producer
Rudy Van Gelder Engineer
Roger "Ram" Ramirez Composer
Jimmy Sherman Composer
Jimmy Davis Composer
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