New Music Critique: David Francis


David Francis
Contact: [email protected]

Web: davidfrancissinger.com

Seeking: Booking
Style: Vocal Jazz

Excellent musicianship and a respect for the Great American Songbook highlight the work of Seattle jazz singer-pianist David Francis, whose recent album honors standards from the ‘20s.  “If I Could Be With You” makes clear that Francis is not a Sinatra impersonator; instead, he honors each number with a friendly, resonant tenor that avoids show-off moments.  And his dexterity at the piano is terrific, while his sidemen add nice moments that serve each song. Francis does a brisk, uptempo version of “Honeysuckle Rose,” and then his bassist cuts loose on “Mean to Me,” boldly bowing his instrument in a showcase solo. Francis and company would be well worth a booking, not to mention film and tv placements.