Not yet out of high school, DeFrancesco tasted his first bit of success while gigging with jazz legend Miles Davis. Around the same time, he recorded his debut album and since then has continued to lead his own groups, eventually even cutting a record with mentor Smith. His most recent releases are Blues and Ballads (with guest Pat Martino) and a tribute set for the late groovemaster Don Patterson, titled Philadelphia Connection. In terms of technical fluency and genuine soul, both albums illustrate that DeFrancesco continues to champion a renaissance he himself initiated more than a decade ago.
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