Misty – 2014
The organist and Larry Carlton team up
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Erroll Garner’s “Misty” first became famous due to the pianist-composer’s version, soon followed by Sarah Vaughan’s vocal recording.
In the early 1960s it was played in double time by organist Richard “Groove” Holmes whose recording was quite popular.
It is the latter rendition that serves as the inspiration for this jam session version from 2014.
Joey DeFrancesco, arguably jazz’s top organist of the past 20 years, is the leader of the sextet which also includes tenor-saxophonist Chris Farr, guitarist Larry Carlton, electric bassist Gerald Veasley, drummer Byron Landham, and percussionist Emedin Rivera.
Incidentally, DeFrancesco and Carlton have never otherwise recorded together, and the organist’s only recordings with bassist Veasley found DeFrancesco playing either piano or trumpet.
From the smiles on the faces of the musicians, it is obvious that they were having a great time during this swinging version of “Misty.”