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Joey DeFrancesco - In the Key of the Universe Vinyl 2LP - direct audio

Joey DeFrancesco - In the Key of the Universe Vinyl 2LP

Mack Avenue Records

  • $ 2798

Joey DeFrancesco In the Key of the Universe Vinyl 2LP

As he's made abundantly clear over the past 30 years, Joey DeFrancesco has plenty of soul. What most listeners probably haven't spent much time pondering is that soul's place in the universe. On his adventurous new album, In The Key Of The Universe, the master organist turns his musical attentions to his spiritual side, tapping into a strain of metaphysical jazz that's fueled sonic searchers for more than half a century. Joey D calls upon disciples and missionaries of jazz to join him in paving the way to enlightenment.

In The Key Of The Universe arrives almost exactly 50 years after the release of Karma, the landmark album by legendary saxophonist Pharoah Sanders. One of the primary exponents of spiritually-oriented jazz, Sanders makes three guest appearances on the album, including an update of his best-known track from Karma, the cosmically influential "The Creator Has A Master Plan." Playing drums on that track was the great Billy Hart, who reunites with Sanders as well as DeFrancesco, with whom he's worked several times over the years since joining the organist for his 1989 album Where Were You?

Hart makes up part of the core band for In The Key Of The Universe along with percussion virtuoso Sammy Figueroa, another Where Were You? alum who has played with almost literally everyone over the years, from Miles Davis and Sonny Rollins to David Bowie and Patti Smith to Mariah Carey and Diana Ross. The multi-talented saxophonist Troy Roberts, a frequent collaborator in recent years, shows off his skills on tenor, soprano, alto, and even the acoustic bass. At the center of it all is the always scintillating organ work of DeFrancesco, who retains his trademark robust swing and gritty funk while striking out in freer, more exploratory directions.

Joey DeFrancesco In the Key of the Universe Track Listing:


1. Inner Being
2. Vibrations In Blue
3. Awake and Blissed
4. It Swung Wide Open
5. In The Key Of The Universe
6. The Creator Has A Master Plan


1. And So It Is
2. Soul Perspective
3. A Path Through The Noise
4. Easier To Be

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