Take Five with John Evans
Your dream band: I've been pretty fortunate in terms of whom I've worked with in the past. I miss a lot of guys that I once knew who are no longer here, like Hiram Bullock, Michael Brecker, Don Grolnick, and Richard Tee.
I'm very fortunate to have to have a wonderful group of musicians and singers with me now. They are all extremely talented, well-educated, and really tune in to what I'm trying to do.
Your favorite recording in your discography and why?
I'll have to admit that doing the Hideaway album with David Sanborn was the most significant album for me, particularly in terms of knowledge acquired.
Although, the album I'm working on right now might turn out to be my favorite.
The first Jazz album I bought was: Jimmy Smith's Back At The Chicken Shack. Stanley Turrentine, Kenny Burrell and Don Bailey... good stuff.
What do you think is the most important thing you are contributing musically? Music that makes peoples lower their shoulders and relax. I like to see people sway back and forth. Life is short...we don't need more things to make us up tight.
Did you know... I like to cook.
CDs you are listening to now: I don't listen to music when I'm working.
How would you describe the state of jazz today? I'm tired of sampled drum beats.
What are some of the essential requirements to keep jazz alive and growing? Making music that doesn't require a performance degree to enjoy.
What is in the near future? Currently recording the next John Evans & Dream album at Studio Records.
If I weren't a jazz musician, I would be a: Chef.