All Music Review by Alex Henderson
Edition, adaptation and comments by Toni Basanta from Fairfax, Vermont USA
“With so many of the great Soul Jazz / Hard Bop organists of the ’60s having passed away
enthusiasts expect to carry on that Smith-based tradition.
That isn’t to say that DeFrancesco is a “replacement” for any those greats — who were
shouldn’t be celebrated.
based Big Band) consistently well on Vibrant Tones, a two-disc set that features him
extensively as a guest soloist.
While the first disc is a 73-minute audio CD that was recorded in a New York studio in
2001, the second disc is an hour-long DVD that was recorded live at Wiggin Park in
Camden, New Jersey ( just across the Delaware River from Philly ) in 2003.
release ; it makes it relevant to both Hard Bop and Soul – Jazz enthusiasts — joining
tradition with the funkiness of Jimmy Smith and his numerous disciples.
This isn’t the type of Jazz that goes out of its way to be cerebral, angular, or complex;
It isn’t very often that Smith-rooted organ playing is heard in a Big Band setting, as
Soul Jazz is generally a small-group phenomenon — and Vibrant Tones is a release that
both Big Band and Soul Jazz enthusiasts will find rewarding.
More about City Rhythm Orchestra CD and DVD
One of today’s hottest Big Bands teams with the modern master of the Hammond B3 organ Joey DeFrancesco for an incredible display of sizzling brass, innovative arrangements and dazzling solos.
This new studio session features many fine soloists, and arranger Joe Matt has written rich charts that show off the band while leaving plenty of space for Joey’s artistry to shine.
Also included is a 60-minute DVD of the ensemble’s 2003 summer Jazz Festival show.
The package artwork was created by internationally renowned artist Giancarlo Impiglia.
An unequal CD / DVD recorded Live in a spirit of tribute and celebration !!!!!
Expect two more postings, one trying to follow and describe the Joey DeFrancesco story, and another for The City Rhythm Orchestra a Big Band from Philadelphia, with a considerable discography performed by a crackerjack constellation of soloists and singers.
In our radio show, The Cuban Bridge at St. Michael’s College 92.5 FM “The Mike”, the album was well-received when I played it there. (http://www.wwpv.org)
Thanks to Peter Spina and Nick Vallerio for the opportunity to present their Live performance at The Wiggin Park in Camden, New Jersey, to our growing viewers audience.
DJ Host of Havana Fairfax Connection our new TV show @ LCATV Channel 15 in Colchester, Vermont, the Green Mountain State in the United States of America.