Joey DeFrancesco: I Thought About You
I Thought About You
Joey DeFrancesco (organ)
Organic Vibes (Concord Jazz 2306)
Jake Langley (guitar), Byron Landham (drums).
Composed by Jimmy Van Heusen & Johnny Mercer.
Recorded: Tempe, AZ, August 24-26, 2005
Rating: 100/100 (learn more)
Organ marvel Joey DeFrancesco is best known for carrying on the tradition of bebop, which was set forth by his mentor Jimmy Smith. He has also broadened his discography by showcasing some of the sidemen he has come to know well. One of the highlights of Organic Vibes, an album with Bobby Hutcherson, is this version of “I Thought About You”. As the band takes this straight-forward ballad for a spin, the mood is of a softly lit supper club. Hutcherson’s crisp, glass-like tone allows the sweetness of the standard’s melody to come forward. He really knows the subtlety of his instrument, and DeFrancesco’s support acts as a deferential complement. As DeFrancesco emerges from underneath Hutcherson’s beautifully spare solo, the heat turns up, and the organist uses a percussion setting throughout his solo for more punch on his many fast runs. After the closing notes on the track, a voice (possibly the sweet Hutcherson) proudly proclaims, “If you don’t like that, you don’t like ice cream!”
Reviewer: David Tenenholtz