Big Shot

Big Shot

by Papa John DeFrancescoPapa John DeFrancesco


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By now "Papa" John DeFrancesco is surely as familiar with the tag "father of Joey DeFrancesco" as he is with the layout of the keyboard he's been playing for some six decades, give or take. Were it not for John, of course, the younger of the two DeFrancescos may never have found his way to fame and fortune, but much of what Joey learned, he learned from dad. On Big Shot, they get the chance to do it together. Although the album is credited to the elder, whose organ skills are quite praise-worthy (and by the way, he plays a Diversi here, not a Hammond B-3), the album is something of a family affair, with Joey also contributing keyboards and his sibling, John Jr. providing the guitar licks. With Jerry Weldon blowing tenor saxophone, Mike Boone on bass, and Byron Landham drumming, this is your basic organ trio times two, a full-bodied set of blues and ballads played exquisitely and inventively. Five of the tracks are Papa John originals, but curiously, they are preceded by three covers that pave the way by displaying the breadth of interest these musicians share. Most notable of those is an eight-minute jazzed-up take on the Doors' "Riders on the Storm," which Jim Morrison may not have appreciated but that band's keyboardist, Ray Manzarek, undoubtedly would.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/03/2009
Label: Savant
UPC: 0633842209821
catalogNumber: 2098
Rank: 105908

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Papa John DeFrancesco   Primary Artist,Organ
Joey DeFrancesco   Keyboards
Byron Landham   Drums
Jerry Weldon   Tenor Saxophone
Mike Boone   Bass,Upright Bass
John Defrancesco   Guitar

Technical Credits

Gene Ammons   Composer
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Jim Morrison   Composer
Ray Manzarek   Composer
John Densmore   Composer
Joey DeFrancesco   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Joe Fields   Executive Producer,Audio Production
Papa John DeFrancesco   Composer
Donald Elfman   Liner Notes
Harold Adamson   Composer
Glenn Ferracone   Engineer
Jason Slomack   Art Direction
Johnny DeFrancesco   Composer
John Defrancesco   Composer
Robby Krieger   Composer

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