- Released: January 20, 1998
- Label: Highnote
Down Beat - 5/98, pp.62-634 stars (out of 5)
- "If your pulse does not quicken at the first quiver and sumptuous quake of the combined organs of Joey and Papa DeFrancesco, then there must be something wrong with your ticker..."
- 1.Bag's Groove
- 3.Slammin' At Slims
- 4.Those Were The Days
- 5.My Buddy
- 6.Tuxedo Junction
- 7.Blues For Sweet Sue
- 8.When The Saints Go Marchin' In
Full performer name: Joey DeFrancesco & "Papa" John DeFrancesco.
Personnel includes: Joey DeFrancesco, "Papa" John DeFrancesco, Bootsie Barnes, Houston Person, Melvin Sparks.
Personnel: Joey DeFrancesco (trumpet, organ); Melvin Sparks (guitar); Houston Person, Robert "Bootsie" Barnes (tenor saxophone); Byron Landham (drums).
Liner Note Author: Dave McElfresh.
Recording information: Van Gelder Recording Studios, Engelwood Cliffs, NJ (08/25/1997); Van Gelder Recording Studios, Englewood Cliffs, NJ (08/25/1997).
Photographer: J. Flint.
Arrangers: Joey DeFrancesco; Papa John DeFrancesco.
Organist Joey DeFrancesco found his first musical inspiration at home, in his father "Papa" John. Although the elder DeFrancesco never became famous, his son's success has led to him getting opportunities to record. The two DeFrancescos had recorded together a little bit in the past, but usually with Joey switching to trumpet. For this date, they are both heard exclusively on twin organs with a fine supporting cast: tenor saxophonist Bootsie Barnes, producer Houston Person sometimes on second tenor, guitarist Melvin Sparks and drummer Byron Landham. The repertoire is fairly typical of soul-jazz, with basic originals, a couple of pop melodies ("Sunny" and "Those Were the Days" from All in the Family), the heated "Blues for Sweet Sue," the swing-era hit "Tuxedo Junction" and even an R&B read of "When the Saints Go Marching In." On "My Buddy," Joey and Papa John talk a bit spontaneously about their close relationship and engage in some effective singing. Easily recommended to fans of jazz organ. ~ Scott Yanow