Genius and Madness We All Have It (feat. Sabadine)

Franky the Genius

All Live Virtuoso Guitarist and Multilingual Poet playing Bass, Chords and Melody World Jazz in Portuguese English French and Spanish with Multi-percussionist Sabadine. An amazing duo that sounds like much much more!

Franky the Genius: Virtuoso Guitarist, Multilingual Poet Singer and composer , Guitarist playing Bass, Chords and Melody all at once. Sabadine: Brazilian Multi-instrumental Percussionist Fantastic Duo, all live all the time playing the "World Jazz/ Som da Gente" style of musical excellence beauty depth and skill all combined. Vamos la!! Som da Gente.

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I'm Just Such A Genius

Franky The Genius

Multilingual poet, virtuoso guitarist playing bass chords and melody at the same time, all live, all real, world jazz

FRANKY THE GENIUS * The combination of music, poetry, and world outlook of FRANKY THE GENIUS are the things that make this artist so unique. FRANKY THE GUITARIST As a Guitarist FRANKY THE GENIUS is exceptional. The ability that he has to play the: BASS, CHORDS, And MELODY, AT THE SAME TIME, in and of itself renders his work unique, and well worthy of the attention and respect that even the most critical of JAZZ instrumental affectionados pay to his music. This is not simply mindless technique, but a very tasteful combination of Jazz, soul, funk, flamenco, and Brazilian stylings. www.frankythegenius.com * FRANKY THE MULTILINGUAL POET The artistic concepts of this artist cannot be contained in just one language, FRANKY THE GENIUS composes in 7 different languages, engaging the listener in the unique magic that each language has to offer. English, French, Portuguese, Spanish, Hebrew, Arabic, and Wolof, all come into play for the artistic expression of this amazing indivdual. FRANKY THE GENIUS invites you to share in his universe to see his unique view, whether you speak many languages or not and enjoy the "world Jazz thing".

FRANKY THE GENIUS Born to a mixed heritage of African, latino, and Cherokee ancestry, Multilingual Poet/Composer & Jazz guitar virtuoso FRANKY THE GENIUS comes into the world with a set of circumstances that found a particularly appropriate vehicle of expression in music. Starting at age 8, he began to play the guitar and has accumulated over the years a wealth of knowledge and experience that have produced the fine synthesis of stylings and stunning technique that are the hallmark of his unique sound, characterized by the incredible ability to play the BASS, CHORDS, and MELODY, ALL AT THE SAME TIME. But more than just technique is involved here, the subtle and tasteful mix of JAZZ, BRAZILIAN, FUNK, AND CLASSICAL stylings make for a very pleasant musical experience. Whether playing solo guitar Jazz standards, or in an ensemble setting playing his elaborate compositions, FRANKY THE GENIUS fascinates audiences all over the globe with his ecclectic music and citizen of the world style. From being a studio musician in Canada, to heading the Jazz department in Dakar Senegal West Africa at the National conservatory, to co-found "Cent pour Cent" (100%), a cultural arts organization that taught music, production, and graphic arts, to establishing "Cultural Shock" in Rio de Janeiro Brazil, Genius' talent and experience saw him producing television commercials for French language TV in Africa, organizing festivals in Canada, Africa, and Brazil. He has brought African artists to the US to perform and record with the Smithsonian Institute. He continues to travel and perform in the US and abroad and is currently doing the tour "Cara a cara com o impossivel" ( face to face with the impossible), and appears regularly on Brazilian and US cable TV. FRANKY THE GENIUS is also the author of 2 books on music: The Frank Gaskin method of guitar mastery. & Polytonal Superimposition * WWW.frankythegenius.com

frankythegenius@frankythegenius.com

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Raw Skill, No Tricks, No Gimmicks

Franky the Genius

Pure guitar virtuousity. All live, All trick free. One man playing the BASS, CHORDS, AND MELODY AT THE SAME TIME.

An incredible guitarist that has developed a special technique that allows him to play the BASS, MELODY, AND CHORDS, ALL AT THE SAME TIME. All in a tastefull and flowing way, so much so that people listening to it often forget or are completely unaware that there is NO BASSIST on the CD. Just an amazingly skillful extraordinary guitarist on an ordinary every day guitar.

The result is this CD that shows some of the range of FRANKY'S work.

FRANKY THE GENIUS is also a poet that speaks 8 languages, 2 of which are here on this CD as can be heard on track # 5 La Plage. This song which is a FRANKY original, shows FRANKY'S specialty in going from Funk/Soul to Brazilian Samba, to Jazz and back all in one tune. And the instrument set up is just GUITAR and PERCUSSION, THAT'S IT!

This is truly RAW SKILL, NO TRICKS, NO GIMMICKS.

There are no overdubs on the CD so what you hear is exactly what FRANKY does in concert, taking the acoustic guitar to another level entirely!

There are also works composed by other artists here on this CD, and you can hear FRANKY'S treatment of songs by artists as varied as Stevie Wonder, Thelonious Monk, George Gershwin, John Coltrane, Charlie Parker, Clifford Brown, and Miles Davis. As well as 5 originals by FRANKY THE GENIUS. 1) SOLO GUITAR FLIGHT: Is just that.INCREDIBLE, Live unaccompanied guitar work by FRANKY 2) SUMMERTIME: A Funk/Straight-ahead jazz treatment of the Jazz standard. 3) MY CHERIE AMOUR: A soulful rendition of a beautiful Stevie Wonder classic. 4) CONFIRMATION/JOY SPRING: A solo guitar medley of 2 of classic Jazz's great artists, Charlie Parker, and Clifford Brown. 5) This is a FRANKY original and is the same instrumentation as all of the previous cuts ( guitar and drums), and in addition is sung by FRANKY in French and Arabic. This is part of the unique way that FRANKY composes, doing so in the many languages that he masters with plays on words and a fascinating world view. 6) HIPPER THAN THOU: Is a vehicle for showing off the amazing technique that FRANKY has. Straight ahead Jazz at a break-neck speed. 7) GIANT STEPS: A solo guitar interpretation of a John Coltrane Classic.Wow! 8) MONK'S DREAM: One of FRANKY'S favorite tunes by Thelonious Monk. 9) DON'T YOU WORRY 'BOUT A THING: A soul/samba treatment of one of FRANKY'S favorite and most respected artists, Stevie Wonder. 10) I WISH: Another Stevie Wonder tune, this time done solo guitar. 11) CHI TOLLU YALLA: A FRANKY original this song is actually taken from a previous recording done by FRANKY in 1983. The title is in a West African language called Wolof and means, "In the garden of God" 12) TRANQUILITY: Another FRANKY original this time in a smooth jazz format also from a 1983 recording. 13) FOUR: A Miles Davis classic, performed solo guitar by FRANKY. CHECK OUT ALSO: The FRANKY THE GENIUS CD "I'M JUST SUCH A GENIUS" of all original tune by FRANKY in Portuguese, English, and French. A totally fascinating work showing the gamut of FRANKY'S talents. Jazz station WPFW IN WASHINGTON DC says "Franky the Genius is just that, a true genius. Not only a Guitar Virtuoso, but also a Multilingual Poet, and very unique and tasteful Composer. Get anything you can by this Incredible Artist!"

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Franky The Genius Solo Guitar

Franky The Genius

Beautiful full bodied solo guitar work interpreting songs by great composers in various decades.

Franky The Genius SOLO GUITAR Many of Franky's fans have asked for it and now it's here. Songs by various great artists spanning decades of composing styles with the unique full bodied solo guitar interpretation and quiet introspection that is one of the most beautiful aspects of Franky's solo work. The very complete style of guitar work of playing Bass, Chords, and Melody all at once that is Franky's hallmark is in full form here. Familiar songs tastefully done and presented on a silver platter.

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