The track (and the entire CD, Like That) features Joey DeFrancesco, and could easily fool many listeners if surreptitiously inserted into the mix of Live at Yoshi's, Martino's celebrated collaboration with DeFrancesco that came several years after this Bruno encounter with the ebullient (also Philly-born) organist. Bruno usually doesn't sound this much like Martino, but a tribute is a tribute. The tension and darting intricacy of a Martino composition is omnipresent here, as introduced by Bruno's fleet fingers. DeFrancesco takes the first solo, a steamy, driven affair loaded with insistent recurring phrases, swirling extended lines, and stair-stepping progressions. Bruno replays the theme before entering his own propulsive solo. The guitarist exhibits brilliant technique and fiery emotion as he indulges in a blend of dense runs, strummed chords, and octave-dominated passages. After Holloway's energized drum statement, Bruno and DeFrancesco initiate a series of blistering, unreserved exchanges. This is one of Bruno's best recorded tracks--thanks for the inspiration, Pat!
March 31, 2009 · 0 commentsTags: philadelphia
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