Joey Defrancesco: Wonderful! Wonderful!
Joey DeFrancesco has come a long way from All of Me, his 1989 recording dÃ©but released when be was fresh-faced 17-year-old. From the get-go, the Philadelphia native established his credentials with virtuoso technique and an innate soulfulness that he brought to bear on the Hammond B-3 organ. Throughout his early career, DeFrancesco was widely recognized as spearheading a renewed interested in the Hammond organ and building a bridge from the instrument's golden period of the 1960s and early 70s to the modern vocabulary and usage that it enjoys today. On Wonderful! Wonderful!, joined by jazz guitar great Larry Coryell and legendary drummer Jimmy Cobb, DeFrancesco imbues the venerable genre with new life, vigor and a modern sensibility which is at once of the moment and, at the same time, respectful of its roots and soulful history.