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Joey DeFrancesco: Live: The Authorized Bootleg

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The steam begins to rise almost from the first notes of organ titan Joey DeFrancesco’s Live: The Authorized Bootleg, a CD that’s the result of allowing the Yoshi’s house engineer to record the festivities of a four-night stand at the Oakland, Calif., club last year, supposedly with no intention of releasing the material. The alchemy of the event, however, took over due largely to the inclusion of guest tenor saxophonist George Coleman, DeFrancesco says.

It didn’t hurt, of course, having the reigning B3 phenom tearing through his keyboard with lightning runs and tasteful support, yet Coleman is given free rein here to show how long he’s been overlooked in the hierarchy of tenor players. Remember that Miles Davis’ early-to-mid-’60s rhythm section felt Coleman played “too cleanly” and the result was Coleman’s departure and a fading of his star for no good reason-however, it also meant the great quintet with Wayne Shorter. It’s similar to the way Hank Mobley was ignored after Leonard Feather’s “middleweight champion” comment back in the day.

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