Emma Frank

 

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“‘Come Back’ is wondrously kind on the ears – refreshing and minimalistic but in a way that doesn't feel empty. Effortlessly simple, the beauty of the album is second to none, with Emma's vocals only complimented ×100 by Aaron's magnificent show of talent.”

The Crossfire

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“More stripped-back by nature, and even more meticulously arranged than its predecessor, Come Back finds Frank at the peak of her songwriting”

   

— Friedrich Kunzmann, All About Jazz

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“[Aaron] Parks and Frank are a unit. She makes sense of his playing in a new way, and he seems to complete her in this set of nine miniature heart-tuggers.”

— Will Layman, PopMatters

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“The track has a subtle mix of folk and r&b and sees the singer/songwriter detail the varying emotions that come with self-growth, acceptance in love.”

Earmilk

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“The songs on Come Back, the enchanting fourth album by Emma Frank, don't show many outward jazz affinities; they reside in the literate folk-rockish realm you'd associate with someone like Laura Marling, or the Beck of Morning Phase.”

— Nate Chinen, WBGO

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“To call Emma Frank a folk singer would be to underestimate her work… Come Back is a beautifully written collection, the emotional honesty clear to see in all of the original tracks. Musically, it is very well put together and Emma Frank's voice is simply the perfect instrument for her lyrics.”

Werkre

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“The ideal companion for your next rainy afternoon… A masterfully conducted exercise, and an artist to be discovered urgently.”

— Patrick Dallongeville, Paris-Move

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“Joni Mitchell's name gets bandied about when critics talk about modern compositions walking the line between jazz and pop. And on Ocean Av, Frank spiritually embodies the wisdom she's gleaned from the great Lady of the Canyon, both in poise and performance. Perhaps most prominent in this parallel is the incredible ensemble the singer selected to accompany her... The warmth of Frank's voice is as soothing as Kenny Wheeler's flugelhorn or Jim Hall's guitar, anchored by a lyrical sense of forthcoming. And like the Brooklyn street it's named after, Ocean Av expresses a poignant air of serenity amid the bustle of an unsettled existence.”

— Ron Hart, Downbeat

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Emma Frank : livre ouvert

— Alain Brunet, La Presse

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“Since her early days as a fixture on the Montréal jazz scene, Emma Frank has expanded the delicate nature of her voice, developed a phrasing that is her own with clear melodic lines that bloom magnificently, and presented quasi-folk landscapes reinforced by contemporary jazz harmonies and rhythms… Ocean Av will satisfy those who seek sophisticated songwriting.”

— Alain Brunet, La Presse

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“The Brooklyn-based Frank, 30, was a sylph-like performer who invited listeners in with poetic, revelatory lyrics and songs that soothed despite their unexpected contours.”

— Peter Hum, Ottawa Citizen

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“A crystalline voice of unique timbre and emotional intelligence...”

— Alain Brunet, La Presse

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“… 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.”

— Robert Lewis, SIX DEGREES OF JAZZ

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Emma Frank talks next-gen jazz

— Lorraine Carpenter, Cult MTL

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“This is going to be in my top ten of the year unless I am very much mistaken. At 31 ½ minutes, this like many classic albums is all beautifully recorded killer with absolutely no filler.”

    

Northern Sky

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“Frank's fourth album is truly a joy to listen to, beautifully constructed songs showcasing a smart songwriting talent and a vocal of pure silk.”

— Russell Murphy, American UK

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“The New York based singer/songwriter's uncanny vocal trance of honesty and integrity drowns out the sorrows and ambiguities of the world…”

Come Here Floyd

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“If there's one word for Emma Frank's music, it's authentic.”

Ear To The Ground

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“'Come Back' is an elegant record from start to finish. Opting to blend a wide range of genres in-order to create a sound that is as expansive as it is introverted, playing a perfect foil to the records lyrical tones of isolation. It is unwavering in its musicality, and carries itself with an understated musical beauty.”

   

Gigslutz

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“To say that 'Come Back' feels fresh is not really doing it justice. This is like listening to the real thing, picking and eating ripe fruit at the source, stepping out into the early morning's first sunlight on a snow covered day.”

   

— Andrew Lockwood, Contact Music

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“Will leave listeners speechless with its beauty”

— Adrian Vargas, Atwood Magazine

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“Frank's songs sit comfortably between jazz and singer-songwriter artpop, comparable in approach and quality to the work of acclaimed young artists such as Becca Stevens and Gretchen Parlato. Her cool, plainspoken vocal delivery makes some listeners hear her music as "folk", but the subtle rhythmic variations and harmonic approach betray her roots in jazz.”

— Will Layman, Popmatters

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“Vocalist Emma Frank brings genuine peacefulness and transparent honesty to everything she touches.”

— Sébastien Hélary, Nextbop

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“Ocean Av… features Frank's quirky-gorgeous songs, arrangements worked out in coordination with jazz pianist Aaron Parks, and percussion from Jim Black (!). Her vocal style has a gauzy directness, but the art woven all around it is undeniably connected to our jazz tradition. It's a minor masterpiece…”

— Will Layman, Popmatters

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“... 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.”

— Greg Bouchard, AUX.TV

 

« ... 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. »

— Alain Brunet, La Presse

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For Being Apart – Emma Frank Quartet

“Sublime… A soothing and relaxing jazz experience… Emma Frank's gorgeous voice… soothes) the soul.”

   

— The CD Critic

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“… finesse and intelligence of interpretation, subtle and complex arrangements, and a unique voice…”

— Guillaume Bourgault-Côté, Le Devoir

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Festival international de jazz de Montréal

— Alain Brunet, La Presse

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