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James Francies

Even before moving to New York City in 2013, pianist James Francies had generated a well deserved buzz in the jazz arena. He is the youngest recipient of the American Federation of Musicians (AFM) President's Youth Award, DownBeat Magazine awarded him twice for Composition and Jazz Arrangement, his band opened for the legendary Jazz Crusaders reunion and he performed at Monterey Jazz Festival. GRAMMY nominated pianist Taylor Eigsti describes Francies as, "poised to become a major voice on the instrument. He has the passion, creativity and ability to be a real leader amongst his generation." At 22, he keeps moving forward

Album

New Gospel Revisited

Label: Edition Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Intro; Law And Order; Walter Speaks (featuring Walter Smith III); The Believer; Oracle (featuring Kendrick Scott); New Gospel; Lullaby (featuring Joel Ross); Autumn; New Paths; A Portrait Of Fola; Perpetual (featuring Harish Raghavan); The Thump; Farewell (featuring James Francies).

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Sounds from Slocum, Hill and Oveido

Read "New Sounds from Slocum, Hill and Oveido" reviewed by Bob Osborne


Featured on this week's show are new albums from Matt Slocum, Marquis Hill, Ariel Invernizzi Oviedo, Fishblot, Amos Gillespie, Avishai Cohen, and Jorge Garcia. There is also a track from improvisation “super-group" John Dikeman, Pat Thomas, John Edwards, and Steve Noble. Also included are archive choices from Stan Sulzmann and Tony Hymas, Joanne Brackeen and Mary ...

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Article: Album Review

Marquis Hill: New Gospel Revisited

Read "New Gospel Revisited" reviewed by Chris May


Chicago-born trumpeter Marquis Hill released his first album while still in college and in 2022, just over a decade later, he has retooled it on New Gospel Revisited, recorded live in his hometown with a fresh lineup and tweaked instrumentation. It is a terrific disc. Like his near contemporary and fellow trumpeter Christian ...

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Article: In Pictures

Pat Metheny Trio at the Ferguson Center for the Arts

Read "Pat Metheny Trio at the Ferguson Center for the Arts" reviewed by Mark Robbins


Pat Metheny arrived at Newport News' Ferguson Center for the Arts on a cold and rainy Friday night to an audience willing to brave both the weather and Covid to hear live music again. Traveling with Metheny to promote his new album, Side-Eye NYC (Modern Recordings, 2021), was pianist/keyboardist/organist James Francies (who accompanies Metheny on the ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

David Binney, Damien Erskine, James Francies, Per Mathison and Percy Jones

Read "David Binney, Damien Erskine, James Francies, Per Mathison and Percy Jones" reviewed by Len Davis


Continuing our look at new releases from 2021. Music from David Binney, Damien Erskine, Gary Meek, Burnt Belief and Percy Jones. Playlist David Binney"Modern Courtesy" from Aerial 2 (Mythology) 00:00 Damien Erskine"Beatrice" from In This Moment (Self Produced) 05:14 James Francies “713" from Purest Form (UMG) 10:18 Gary Meek “Move Out" from Monterey Groove ...

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Article: Live Review

Pat Metheny Side Eye at the Paramount Theatre

Read "Pat Metheny Side Eye at the Paramount Theatre" reviewed by Geoff Anderson


Pat Metheny Side Eye Paramount Theatre Denver, CO October 9, 2021 Forrest Gump said life is like a box of chocolates--you never know what you'll get until you dive in. Pat Metheny is like that. His most popular confection, The Pat Metheny Group, could always be counted on for a sweet, ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Jon Durant, Stephen Thelen, JVM Collective, Renaud Louis Servais, James Francies

Read "Jon Durant, Stephen Thelen, JVM Collective, Renaud Louis Servais, James Francies" reviewed by Len Davis


On today's program the guitars are upfront with Stephan Thelen and Jon Durant, Nicholas Llerandi, Apostolis Anthemos, Jimi Tunnel, and from Chile, drummer Cristian Tamblay with Derek Sherinian.Playlist Jon Durant-Stephan Thelen “Fractal 5.7" from Crossings (Alchemy) 00:00 JVM Collective “Which Doctor" from Frontiers (Blue Canoe) 07:03 James Francies “Levitate" from Purest Form (UMG) 14:20 ...

Article: Radio & Podcasts

James Francies, David Binney, Reza Khota Quartet, Jimmy Haslip, and more

Read "James Francies, David Binney, Reza Khota Quartet, Jimmy Haslip, and more" reviewed by Len Davis


New music from Japan with Eiko + Eriko, James Francies and Reza Khota from Cape Town South Africa, and David Binney Aerial 2. From Brazil Mauricio Farfan, and from Argentina Axel Filip and his new releaseSendero. Playlist Eiko + Eriko “Amusement" from Amusement (Self Produced) 00:00 James Francies “713" from Purest Form (UMG) 06:24 ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Percy Jones, Alex Skolnick, Kenny Grohowski and Tim Motzer

Read "Percy Jones, Alex Skolnick, Kenny Grohowski and Tim Motzer" reviewed by Len Davis


Brand new music from PAKT featuring Percy Jones, Alex Skolnick, Kenny Grohowski and Tim Motzer—it's improvised music at it's best. Also, new releases from David Binney and James Francies. Playlist Junior Braghuina “Goonies" from Quinteto (Alpha Technologic) 00:00 Damien Erskine “Asiant" from So To Speak (Notnek) 06:24 Alex Skolnick Trio “Unbound" from Conundrum (Skol ...


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