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Joey DeFrancesco: Trip Mode

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Joey the Aggressor has emerged with this album. With new guitarist Dan Wilson and new drummer Jason Brown, the organist’s trio harkens back to-as liner-note writer Mark Ruffin points out-the Larry Young-Grant Green-Elvin Jones triumvirate of the late ’60s. This trio isn’t just burning, it’s hammering, thumping, thundering and laying down a profound hardcore groove. The title tune, which opens the album, sets the pace in terms of blitzing organ runs, volcanic drum eruptions and fiery guitar spurts that develop into fleet, organized lines. This kind of tough, jam-session sensibility also infuses Wilson’s “Who Shot John” and DeFrancesco’s “In That Order” and “Traffic Jam” (somewhat reminiscent of Eddie Harris’ “Freedom Jazz Dance”). But with the organist’s “Cuz U No,” the pace changes to a slow, swaying blues, evoking the emotional momentum inherent in gospel-fueled church services. Amen!

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