Hammond B-3 organ icon Joey DeFrancesco has died

Devastating news today - Hammond B-3 organ great Joey DeFrancesco has died at the age of just 51. The jazz idol was known for his work with John McLaughlin and in recent years with Van Morrison and for so many records of his own and as a featured …

Published: 26 Aug 2022. Updated: 31 days.

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Devastating news today - Hammond B-3 organ great Joey DeFrancesco has died at the age of just 51. The jazz idol was known for his work with John McLaughlin and in recent years with Van Morrison and for so many records of his own and as a featured artist at the highest level. A monster player he touched the hearts and minds of many. The cause of death is unknown.

DeFrancesco whose style was influenced by Jimmy Smith among other sources debuted as a teenager on Columbia. He made more than two dozen albums of his own. The son of an organ player, "Papa" John DeFrancesco, Joey started gigging at the tender age of 10. European audiences first got to know him in John McLaughlin's group The Free Spirits with drummer Dennis Chambers which was when we heard heard him first at the Festival Hall in London in the-1990s. RIP

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Dave Douglas quintet, Lift Up My Eyes, Greenleaf Music ****

From Songs of Ascent: Book 1 - Degrees a superlative quintet statement from the US trumpeter and bandleader Dave Douglas again inspired in a liturgical frame of mind by the biblical psalms specifically the 15 psalms that fall under the umbrella of …

Published: 26 Aug 2022. Updated: 32 days.

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From Songs of Ascent: Book 1 - Degrees a superlative quintet statement from the US trumpeter and bandleader Dave Douglas again inspired in a liturgical frame of mind by the biblical psalms specifically the 15 psalms that fall under the umbrella of 'A Song of Ascents' - pilgrim songs for the ascent of hills in turn toward Zion.

Individually recorded in five different studios and later mixed together (you wouldn't know that at all in a blind listening given the quality of the audio engineering) 'Lift Up My Eyes' is very much a scalar piece and sounds as secular as it does infused with a religiosity so it has a wider appeal beyond the inspiration. Douglas' trumpet and Jon Irabagon's sax lines overlap tartly firmly underpinned by the very muscular three-piece rhythm section. Double bassist Linda May Han Oh eventually breaks free as the roiling swirl of Rudy Royston's drums keep the unity of collective direction knitting with the complex avant piano of Matt Mitchell's blocks of sound to add power. A formidable introduction to the October album release and new today in our 1 luv track-of-the-day spot. The track amounts to some of Douglas' most stimulating sounds to us since his 2014 classic with the Doxas brothers and Steve Swallow Riverside and his work with Joe Lovano on the 2015 live at Monterey album and bodes well for this autumn release.