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One Take: Volume Four by DeFrancesco, Botos, Rezza, Dwyer

The fourth in a series of loosely-structured, jam session recordings for the Canadian-based Alma Records, One Take: Volume Four features Hammond organ giant Joey DeFrancesco with a trio of veteran Toronto jazz musicians performing a cozy set of straight-ahead standard fare.

Fronting the session is saxophonist Phil Dwyer who displays a robust tenor tone and performs with swinging lyricism through "There is No Greater Love" and "Tenderly." A somewhat unusual twist to the seemingly predictable proceedings is the pairing of DeFrancesco with pianist Robi Botos. Impressively, piano and organ do a wonderful job of staying out of each other's way. On the medium-tempo minor blues "Village Green," for example, Botos starts his solo with single-note runs, allowing DeFrancesco room for chordal comping. When the pianist kicks things into high gear, utilizing both hands, the organ finds contentment in providing a solid walking bass. "Village Green" also finds drummer Vito Rezza in explosive form, trading chorus after chorus with bombastic flair.

DeFrancesco can move easily from one end of the organ jazz spectrum to the next, demonstrating a mastery of styles from artists as diverse as Jack McDuff and Larry Young. The veteran reaches deep into the Jimmy Smith bag on his original blues "Not That," a no-nonsense, feel good greaser.

A relaxed rendering of "Alice in Wonderland" and a burning version of "Broadway" close out this disc of unpretentious spontaneity. While there's certainly nothing new about the idea of recording a group of top-notch musicians without any pre-planning or rehearsal, the results here are inspired and listener worthy.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: DeFrancesco, Botos, Rezza, Dwyer
  • CD Title: One Take: Volume Four
  • Genre: Straight-Ahead / Classic
  • Year Released: 2010
  • Record Label: Alma Records
  • Rating: Four Stars
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