- Released: January 23, 2001
- Label: Highnote
JazzTimes - 6/01, p.120
"...This family affair is compatible and easy-going..."
- 1.The Cat
- 2.Freddie Freeloader
- 3.Song for My Father
- 5.High Rider
- 7.Back at the Chicken Shack
- 8.Latin Groove
- 9.Hip Cake Walk
Personnel: Papa John DeFrancesco (Hammond B-3 organ); Rob Landham (alto saxophone); Bootsie Barnes (tenor saxophone); Joey DeFrancesco (trumpet); Melvin Sparks, John DeFrancesco Jr. (guitar); Byron Landham, Glenn Ferracone (drums); Kevin Jones (percussion).
Producers: Joey DeFrancesco, Papa John DeFrancesco.
Recorded at the Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey on June 7, 2000. Includes liner notes by Pete Fallico.
Personnel: Joey DeFrancesco (trumpet); Melvin Sparks (guitar); Robert "Bootsie" Barnes (tenor saxophone); Glenn Ferracone, Byron Landham (drums); Kevin Jones (percussion).
Liner Note Author: Pete Fallico.
Recording information: Van Gelder Studios, Englewood Cliffs, NJ (06/07/2000).
Photographer: R. Andrew Lepley.
Papa John DeFrancesco, the father of organist/trumpeter Joey DeFrancesco and guitarist John DeFrancesco II, is an excellent organist in the style of Jimmy Smith. He did not begin to emerge on records until the 1990s, but has made up for lost time through his High Note recordings. This particular set has plenty of blues (including Lalo Schifrin's "The Cat," "Freddy the Freeloader," "Back at the Chicken Shack," and "Hip Cake Walk") along with a few standards and basic chord changes. DeFrancesco, whose two sons are on some of the selections (with Joey on trumpet) is the main voice throughout. The supporting cast includes the fine if obscure tenor saxophonist Bootsie Barnes. A fun session that is easily recommended to fans of the swinging and bluesy jazz organ. ~ Scott Yanow