The Evan Francis Group is a rhythmically active six piece ensemble. This music was developed, composed, performed, rehearsed and recorded in bars, bedrooms, street festivals, basements and rooftops of San Francisco, Ca.
The group's last release, “Spaceheater’s Blast Furnace” was released by Ropeadope Records on September 28th, 2009.
“Aside from being a hefty instrumentalist, he's a terrific composer….People with flute allergies will ultimately learn to appreciate — even love — the instrument…..Francis likes to experiment. He's the composer's equivalent to a restless teenager, always shifting grooves or mixing and matching”
-Rachel Swan, East Bay Express
“I can visualize the spirits of Rahsaan Roland Kirk & Eric Dolphy looking on with pride… a bit of the funk/soul/house groove, tasty beats...it's invigorating & refreshing to hear a contemporary jazz group actually moving the dialog ahead.”
-Jeffrey Jones, Music Director WOJB FM 88.9
"one of the very few groups out there that are able to pair a strong sense of groove and motion with musical sophistication. Evan Francis is a bad mother****er."
-Taylor Eigsti, Grammy nominated pianist/ composer
Kasey Knudsen- tenor sax (solos on tracks 1,4,6,9)
Marcus Stephens- tenor sax (solos on tracks 1,2,3,9)
Evan Francis- alto sax and flute (solos on tracks 4.7.8)
Mike Olmos- trumpet on track 7
Tommy Folen- electric bass
Matt Lucas- percussion (solos on tracks 3,8,9)
Patrick Korte- drumset, electronics (solo on tracks 5 and 9)
Gavin Grant- vocals on track 5
Seneca- vocal on track 7
Sebastien Richard- engineer
Michael Romanowski- mastering
Todd Francis- cover art, design
all songs written by Evan Francis (Dell Avenue Publishing), except "She No Want Take" by Marcus Stephens (Markstep Music Publishing)
Evan Francis is a woodwind artist and composer who has made his way performing and recording with the likes of Stevie Wonder, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, JBoogie, Pharoahe Monch, Talib Kweli, Christina Aguilera, Jazz Mafia, Marcus Shelby, Taylor Eigsti, Lyrics Born, Art Davis, Mike Keneally.
Evan Francis- evanfrancismusic at gmail.com