Joey DeFrancesco: Indiana


(Back Home Again in) Indiana



Incredible (Concord Jazz 4890)

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Joey DeFrancesco (organ), Paul Bollenback (guitar), Byron Landham (drums).

Composed by James F. Hanley & Ballard MacDonald


Recorded: San Francisco, CA, October 28, 1999


Rating: 95/100 (learn more)

"Wow!" marveled Zoot Sims, watching the 1969 telecast as astronauts first set foot on the Moon. "Look at that! And I'm still playing 'Indiana'!" Thirty years later, Joey DeFrancesco was still playing "Indiana," a tune written in 1917. Thank God. Even for listeners not enamored of the Hammond B-3 organ-trio formation, this is one of those 11-minute jump-on-the-table scream-&-holler performances that will, as musicians say, swing you into bad health. Hell, this'll swing you into intensive care! Joey DeFrancesco, who always barrels his butt off (and, 'case you haven't noticed, that's a sizable appendage), outdoes himself. Wow! Listen to that!

Reviewer: Alan Kurtz

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