Joey DeFrancesco, driving force on the Hammond organ
Joey DeFrancesco, driving force on the Hammond organ, dies at 51
Joey DeFrancesco, who brought the richly enveloping sound of the Hammond B-3 organ roaring back into the jazz mainstream in the early 1990s
reigning as its preeminent ace for more than 30 years, died on Thursday. He was 51.
Gloria DeFrancesco, his wife and manager, announced his death on social media, but did not provide a cause.
Few jazz artists in any era have ever dominated the musical language and popular image of an instrument the way DeFrancesco did with the organ
He exhibited supreme technical command at the keyboard, reeling off ribbons of notes with his right hand.
And he took full advantage of the sonic possibilities presented by an organ console, with its drawbars, switches
pedal board; his organ could lurch abruptly from an ambient hum to a sanctified holler, or change timbres and textures in the middle of a phrase.
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