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Joey DeFrancesco: The Champ

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By now, organist Joey DeFrancesco should have secured his place among the masters of the B-3. This latest recording should confirm that status.

The Champ is billed as a tribute to Jimmy Smith. As such, DeFrancesco utilizes Smith’s early classic combo set-up, simply organ-guitar-drums, with Randy Johnston and one-time Smith associate Billy Hart. Furthermore, the program consists of titles culled from Jimmy Smith’s popular hits.

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