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Charles Evans Quartet with Dave Liebman at Philadelphia Art Alliance

Read "Charles Evans Quartet with Dave Liebman at Philadelphia Art Alliance" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Charles Evans Quartet with Dave Liebman Philadelphia Art Alliance Ars Nova Workshop Philadelphia, PA September 18, 2015 This concert by the Charles Evans Quartet can best be described as “jazz chamber music." The Quartet came together on the occasion of the release their second album, On Beauty (More is More Records, 2015) featuring compositions by leader and baritone saxophonist Charles Evans. The group also includes Dave Liebman on soprano saxophone, Ron Stabinsky on ...


Album Review

Charles Evans: On Beauty

Read "On Beauty" reviewed by Budd Kopman

When “uncompromising" is used to describe a musician, one of the first word that usually comes to mind is “difficult," as in “difficult to understand." The musician in question puts out music which dispenses with that which the mind uses to recognize patterns: rhythm, harmony and melody. Furthermore, music which eschews euphony is invariably called “difficult." Baritone saxophonist Charles Evans is most definitely uncompromising in that he knows what he wants to say and how he wants to ...


Album Review

Charles Evans: On Beauty

Read "On Beauty" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Baritone saxophonist Charles Evans composed these pieces for his one-time teacher, eminent saxophonist David Liebman who performs exclusively on soprano saxophone during this drummer-less quartet date. Thus, Evans is on the heels of his highly praised solo outings on More Is More Records, The King of All Instruments (2009) and Live at St. Stephens (2009). The leader's polychromatic expressiveness and remarkable fluency shines once again with these often swirling and interconnected theme-building sprees, casting a semblance of perpetual ...


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Charles Evans: Subliminal Leaps

Read "Subliminal Leaps" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

On his six release as a leader young baritone saxophonist Charles Evans chose to feature a chamber jazz quartet that is inspired by the innovations of contemporary music of the twentieth century. Evans wrote pieces specifically for veteran sax master Dave Liebman, playing only the soprano sax here, and his musical vision is realized with two other masters--pianist Ron Stabinsky and drummer Tony Marino, a close associate of Liebman, who charge Evans' vision with imaginative versatility and precision. ...


Album Review

Charles Evans / Neil Shah: Live at Saint Stephens

Read "Live at Saint Stephens" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

Live At Saint Stephens with baritone saxophonist Charles Evans and pianist Neil Shah-- together with the Dan Tepfer/Lee Konitz Duos With Lee (Sunnyside Records, 2009)--is certainly one of the most wildly adventurous records in recent memory. It is not quite entirely spontaneous or improvisational as some of Keith Jarrett's records are. But playing under a magisterial dome of sound--both deep and tender--Evans and Shah create sonic matrices that evolve high and mighty as those once woven by the master of ...


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Charles Evans / Neil Shah: Live at St. Stephens

Read "Live at St. Stephens" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

It is sometimes forgotten that music not only exists in time, but also in space. While the unfolding of notes, whether live or recorded, happens over time, the space in which the music is realized is of the outmost importance for the artistic result. The enigma of the improvising artist, the jazz musician in particular, is how to transform music beyond the circumstance of its creation. This is the moment where space is transcended, where the immediacy of the live ...


Album Review

Charles Evans: The King Of All Instruments

Read "The King Of All Instruments" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

Baritone saxophonist player (and high school teacher by trade) Charles Evans' fourth release is a triumphant solo exploration of the big horn. Equipped with warm recommendations by sax players--former teacher Dave Liebman and fellow baritone player John Surman, Evans' multilayered compositions for the baritone saxophone, recorded between June 2007 to March 2008, suggest varied facets of the instrument. The compositions build on the innovations of past jazz baritone heroes, balancing composition and improvisation while managing not to ...


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