Unit Records, 2019, CD
Jazz Ruler Type: Bebop
O’s Notes: Franco learned top lay piano before switching to trumpet when he was 17. He mastered his horn without formal training. Fast-forward three decades to arrive at“Long Waves, his latest release backed by John Scofield (g), Uri Caine (p), Scott Colley (b) and Jack DeJohnette (d). This is a formidable dream team by any measure! They open with ‘Milonga‘ featuring Franco’s rich tone accompanied by meaningful solos across the band. Scofield stands out on ‘Old Folks‘ and ‘Try Again‘ along with Caine. We also enjoyed the swinging cover of ‘On Green Dolphin Street‘ including cat and mouse solos with DeJohnette at the back end.