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The Eric Hargett Trio Featuring Joey DeFrancesco and Gerry Gibbs

“Steppin’ Up”

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“Eric Hargett’s playing has it all….an immediately identifiable sound, great time and sense of phrasing, soulful with a sophisticated harmonic concept, and deep roots in the jazz and blues tradition. He knocked me out and can’t wait to hear more…” Gary Smulyan

LINER NOTES: I had the good fortune of recording my first solo album with two incredible musicians. Gerry Gibbs is an accomplished drummer and prolific composer who has played with countless jazz music luminaries. When he and I met, the chemistry between us was instantaneous. I joined Gerry’s Thrasher Big Band, which performed with jazz legends such as Clark Terry, James Moody and Jon Hendricks. This association led me to later work with the Terry Gibbs Dream Band. I was also a member of the Gerry Gibbs Thrasher Sextet and contributed numerous c!ontributions to the group.!

Being an enormous fan of the legendary Hammond B3 organ groups, such as Jimmy Smith, Larry Young, Lonnie Smith, I was fortunate to have found Joey DeFrancesco, a living legend on the instrument. It was a privilege to have him record on B3 organ, acoustic piano, Fender Rhodes and the Moog synthesizer. This is likely the first time Joey has recorded on all of these instruments on the same album. Gerry, Joey, and I recorded the ten songs, including eight originals, in one afternoon without a single rehearsal. I give credit to Gerry and Joey, who utilized their musical sophistication and intuition to take the music to great places.

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TIME: 58 minutes

TRACKS:

1) Stepping Up – 4:01

comp/arr: Eric Hargett (ASCAP) publisher: Vibesmusic

Eric Hargett- Baritone saxophone
Joey DeFrancesco – Hammond B3 Organ Gerry Gibbs – Drums

2) West – 6:05

comp/arr: Eric Hargett (ASCAP) publisher: Vibesmusic

Eric Hargett- Tenor saxophone
Joey DeFrancesco – Hammond B3 Organ Gerry Gibbs – Drums

3) Hackensack – 3:40

comp/arr: Thelonius Monk publisher:

Eric Hargett- Tenor saxophone Joey DeFrancesco – Piano Hamilton Price – Acoustic Bass Gerry Gibbs – Drums

4) Woody’s Dream – 4:16

comp/arr: Eric Hargett (ASCAP)! publisher: Vibesmusic

Eric Hargett- Baritone saxophone
Joey DeFrancesco – Hammond B3 Organ! Gerry Gibbs – Drums

5) Baretta – 6:16

comp/arr: Eric Hargett (ASCAP)
publisher: Vibesmusic

Eric Hargett- Baritone saxophone, Moog Bass, Fender Rhodes Joey DeFrancesco – Hammond B3 Organ

Gerry Gibbs – Drums

6) You Don’t Know What Love Is – 7:19

comp: Gene De Paul and Don Raye
arr: Eric Hargett
publisher: Universal Music Publishing Group

Eric Hargett- Baritone saxophone
Joey DeFrancesco – Hammond B3 Organ Gerry Gibbs – Drums

7) Brunswick Avenue – 5:07

comp/arr: Eric Hargett (ASCAP) publisher: Vibesmusic

Eric Hargett- Baritone saxophone
Joey DeFrancesco – Hammond B3 Organ Gerry Gibbs – Drums

8) Pacific Voyage – 5:46

comp/arr: Eric Hargett (ASCAP)
publisher: Vibesmusic

Eric Hargett- Tenor saxophone, Fender Rhodes, Vibraphone! Joey DeFrancesco – Hammond B3 Organ, Moog Lead Gerry Gibbs – Drums

9) Myra’s Song – 6:42

comp/arr: Eric Hargett (ASCAP)
publisher: Vibesmusic

Eric Hargett- Tenor saxophone, Vibraphone Joey DeFrancesco – Hammond B3 Organ Gerry Gibbs – Drums

10) Sunday Fog – 8:04

comp/arr: Eric Hargett (ASCAP)
publisher: Vibesmusic

Eric Hargett- Tenor saxophone, Moog Bass, Fender Rhodes! Joey DeFrancesco – Hammond B3 Organ

Gerry Gibbs – Drums

Recorded at Bell Sound Studios in Hollywood, CA on December 18, 2011 Special thanks to John Osiecki and Thai Long Ly
Engineer: Aaron Mason
Assistant engineer: Pedro Laredo Uribe

Mixed and mastered at Systems Two in Brooklyn, NY on March 30-31, 2015 Engineer: Mike Marciano
Assistants: Eric Hargett, Gerry Gibbs

Produced by Eric Hargett, Gerry Gibbs “Thrasher Productions” Tracks 1, 4, and 5 co-produced by Mike Hoffman
Tracks 5 and 8 co-produced by Pedro Laredo Uribe

Thanks to Zildjian and Vic Firth for Gerry Gibbs.