Pianist and composer James Francies will release his eagerly awaited sophomore album Purest Form this month.

Francies released his debut album Flight with Blue Note in 2018. Named by Brad Barker as one of the best albums of the year, it signalled Francies’ arrival on the jazz scene as a highly talented and visionary composer and bandleader.

Since then, Francies has worked with collaborators across the stylistic spectrum, including Pat Metheny, Childish Gambino, Mark Ronson, The Roots, Chris Potter, Common, Marcus Miller and Lauryn Hill. Those projects have helped to enhance his development and refine his sound.