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“With Frog In Love, pianist Frances Knight has lovingly crafted an evocative and enchanting album. Alongside double bassist Alex Keen and drummer Vince Clarke, and featuring appearances from Tony Coe (clarinet, soprano saxophone) and Aidan Shepherd (accordion), Knight leads this selection of tracks with a deft and inspiring hand. There are her own compositions – including the graceful but playful title track and the summer wistfulness of June Babies, creations from both Coe (the elegiac Dear Aficionado, which is dedicated to Alan Mills, and elegant BAMP) and Shepherd (the European flair of Autumn Clean) as well as new interpretations of pop classics such as the Beach Boys’ God Only Knows and Mike Shapiro’s Spooky. Together, they combine to create a record that’s touching, tender and thoughtful.” Mischa Pearlman
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Frances Knight studied fine art, then gradually switched to jazz piano, beginning her apprenticeship by playing gigs around London and studying at Goldsmiths adult education with Howard Riley. She eventually joined the Guildhall School of Music postgraduate jazz course. My Dream Kitchen, a trio project withwith bassist Alex Keen and drummer Vince Clarke, features original compositions as well as an eclectic choice of covers. An album of the same name released in 2007 on the Mandeville label was described as ‘a terrific record’ by Jazzwise Magazine. It features saxophonist Paul Booth. Previous albums are Tales From the Front Room, featuring legendary clarinettist Tony Coe and a trio cd Ripple. Tracks from these recordings have been played on the BBC and Europewide.
The latest cd Frog in Love features accordonist Aidan Shepherd and Tony Coe
Frances’s musical experiences are wide-ranging, from standards to free music, as well as Argentinean Tango http://losmareados.co.uk and other world music. With Hugh Hopperof Soft Machine, she released two improvised albums:The Mind in the Trees featuring Elton Dean, and The Swimmer with brilliant vocalist Jan Ponsford. She also a prolific songwriter/lyricist, and has won a European Musicians Federation songwriting prize.
‘Intriguing lines and rich harmonies..’ Peter Martin Jazz UK
‘pianist Knight displays an exquisite touch ... beautifully articulated melodic tendrils’ (!) Peter Quinn, Jazzwise