JazzTimes - 9/96, p.106
"...a very capable guitarist--Jimmy Bruno, who favors a seventh string, allowing him access to darker sonorities in the low range of the instrument--matching wits with a very capable organist....there is considerable intensity here..."
Personnel: Jimmy Bruno (guitar); Joey DeFrancesco (organ, trumpet); Craig Thomas (bass); Steve Holloway (drums).
Recorded at Sound On Sound, New York, New York on August 30 & 31, 1995. Includes liner notes by Pat Martino.
Personnel: Jimmy Bruno (guitar); Joey DeFrancesco (trumpet, organ); Craig Thomas (acoustic bass, electric bass); Steve Holloway (drums).
Audio Remixer: Phil Edwards .
Liner Note Authors: Jimmy Bruno; Pat Martino.
Recording information: Sound On Sound Recording, Inc., New York, NY (08/30/1995-08/31/1995).
Photographers: Rich Raezer; Janet Sommer.
Unknown Contributor Role: Pat Martino.
Although Like That was recorded in New York, many of the people involved with the project were Philadelphians. The pleasing hard bop date unites Jimmy Bruno's Philly-based trio of the 1990s (which includes bassist Craig Thomas and drummer Steve Holloway) with organist/trumpeter and Philly native Joey DeFrancesco, while the liner notes were written by guitar great Pat Martino (another Philadelphian). Producer Allen Farnham, however, lived close to New York in northern New Jersey. Bruno's guitar and DeFrancesco's organ prove highly compatible on selections ranging from Sam Jones' "Unit Seven" and Jerome Kern's "The Way You Look Tonight" to Bruno originals such as the sentimental "Waltz for Nancy," the angular "Raezer's Edge," and the mellifluous "Night Dreamer." Although DeFrancesco plays organ on most of the 11 songs, he switches to the trumpet and favors a Miles Davis-influenced mute on relaxed versions of "There Is No Greater Love" and "Stars Fell on Alabama." Bruno's Concord output has been quite consistent, and this fine CD is no exception. ~ Alex Henderson