Saxophonist Nick Gianni's Evolution is a latter day fusion band, forged in the fires of New York's downtown scene. Nublu--an off-the-beaten-path club in Alphabet City--served as the incubator for this group, as it blends funk, electronica, free jazz and worldly influences to come up with a style all its own. The music on its self-titled CD is built around the steady pillars of drummer Dalius Naujokaitis and bassist Dmitry Ishenko, who provide an ever-funky bottom, upon which the rest of the band can build. They deliver hiccupping grooves ("Dharma Clouds") and semi-static backdrops that hold everything in ...read more
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