11 Songs, 56 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Pianist James Francies brings not only rocket-fueled technique and energy to his Derrick Hodge-produced Blue Note debut, but also nuance, sonic adventurism, and stylistic breadth. The latest in a line of prodigious jazz talents to emerge from Houston (including Jason Moran and Robert Glasper), Francies tends toward music of epic gestures, with restless, asymmetrical rhythms informed by hip-hop and futuristic R&B (handled expressively by bassist Burniss Travis II and drummer Jeremy Dutton). His acoustic piano and keyboards mesh beautifully with the vibraphone of Joel Ross, the guitar of fellow Houstonian Mike Moreno, and the tenor saxophone of Chris Potter—players of unmatched brilliance who tackle Francies’ adventurous writing with composure and fire in turn. The three vocal numbers are strong and varied: Chris Turner on the ethereal “Dreaming,” Kate Kelsey-Sugg on Chaka Khan's “Ain’t Nobody” (the sole cover), the uncannily individual YEBBA on the piano-voice duet “My Day Will Come.”

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Pianist James Francies brings not only rocket-fueled technique and energy to his Derrick Hodge-produced Blue Note debut, but also nuance, sonic adventurism, and stylistic breadth. The latest in a line of prodigious jazz talents to emerge from Houston (including Jason Moran and Robert Glasper), Francies tends toward music of epic gestures, with restless, asymmetrical rhythms informed by hip-hop and futuristic R&B (handled expressively by bassist Burniss Travis II and drummer Jeremy Dutton). His acoustic piano and keyboards mesh beautifully with the vibraphone of Joel Ross, the guitar of fellow Houstonian Mike Moreno, and the tenor saxophone of Chris Potter—players of unmatched brilliance who tackle Francies’ adventurous writing with composure and fire in turn. The three vocal numbers are strong and varied: Chris Turner on the ethereal “Dreaming,” Kate Kelsey-Sugg on Chaka Khan's “Ain’t Nobody” (the sole cover), the uncannily individual YEBBA on the piano-voice duet “My Day Will Come.”

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Ratings and Reviews

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7 Ratings

7 Ratings

DSWSF ,

May Day Will Come

James is an amazing keyboardist. For me nothing shines a light on this more than his collaboration with YEBBA on 'My Day Will Come'. A stop you in your tacks piece that just picks you up and carry's you away. Please collaborate more together. Please.

freshairjohn ,

Incredible talent !

James is not just another jazz pianist. At times i could swear he has FOUR hands. A remarkable young man with stellar abilities. Destined for greatness !

pdesrosi ,

Buy It Now

This is so good. James Francies plays very fast and clean, like Chic Corea, and chords like Al Foster. Guitar work reminds me of Rez Abassi or Pat Metheny. Top notch guitar, drums, sax, all super good. This is jazz fan stuff, not commercial.

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