James Francies – Flight (Blue Note)

At 23, pianist and keyboardist James Francies is already something of a familiar musical presence. (Among other things, he’s toured with Jeff “Tain” Watts and recorded frequently with Questlove.) Nevertheless, his debut recording as a leader, Flight, is startling in its deep, fully formed vision. The view of jazz, hip-hop, electronica and contemporary R&B as

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