Depending on when you walk in on a song, Emma Frank's music might sound like folk or jazz, even R&B. It's music that never stays put, full of moving parts, shifting tempos, winding melodies. Often compared to Joni Mitchell for her risk-taking and sincere songwriting, Emma's music belongs to the new generation of jazz vocalists and songwriters like Gretchen Parlato, Becca Stevens or Aoife O'Donovan.
Her latest release, on The 270 Sessions label, The People We're Becoming, has been met with critical acclaim. Backed by her nimble and powerful quintet, composed of Martin Heslop on bass, Isis Giraldo on piano, Simon Millerd on trumpet and Marc Beland on drums, Emma Frank delivers rich and ethereal music built on subtly complex arrangements. Emma's songs are journeys of self-discovery, layered compositions that flow into improvisation, all framed by Emma's insightful and moving lyrics and her warm, gossamer voice that Leif Vollebekk describes "like leather on silk."
Emma Frank and her band have performed at Festival International de Jazz de Montreal, at NXNE, Pop Montreal, and the Toronto Jazz Festival. Stay tuned for dates on the west coast of Canada and the U.S.
"A crystalline voice of unique timbre and emotional intelligence..."
"...finesse and intelligence of interpretation, subtle and complex arrangements, and a unique voice..."
SIX DEGREES OF JAZZ
"...formidable songwriting skills... Emma Frank's creative muse draws from the fringes of pop as well as the twangy side of western, but it is all made to pass through the crucible of jazz... In its uplift, grace and superb coherence we discover in her music that the genre and singer are one and the same."
Alain Brunet – Festival international de jazz de Montréal
Arts and Opinion
Robert J. Lewis
Greg Bouchard – 11 Montreal Bands to watch in 2014
"... For Being Apart is a reminder that the traditional acoustic jazz quartet can offer more elasticity and warmth than all the electronic production in the world."
« ... le grain de sa voix est unique, son chant est sensuel, voluptueux, très raffiné. Sans forcer, sans beurrer,
elle a une patte, une dégaine, un style. »
The CD Critic
For Being Apart – Emma Frank Quartet
"Sublime... A soothing and relaxing jazz experience... Emma Frank's gorgeous voice... soothes) the soul."