David Evans is an expressive tenor player who, like a unique vocalist, can use his horn to bring a fresh take to a timeless standard. For I Didn't Know About You , he has engaged a top shelf piano trio that has him successfully maneuvering through a wide range of sentiment to inspire an array of emotions. The result is a most satisfying session.
Joining Evans for his trip down memory lane is an all-star band with the versatile Mike Wofford providing rhythmically interesting piano accompaniment, bassist Bob Magnusson adding the right amount of punch, and former Bill Evans sideman Joe La Barbera on drums. The quartet begins up-tempo and happily announces that it is going to be putting on a "Late Late Show" until an achingly beautiful tenor line has Evans using the high register to implore Hoagy Carmichael's "Skylark" to find a love yet unknown. On this version, the bird succeeds, as the sense of forever is lovingly portrayed by a wonderfully unhurried "Never Let Me Go." Evans adds his singular tenor voice to those of Lester Young and Stan Getz as he also takes the melody of "Pennies From Heaven" astray, before Wofford harmonically calls up Duke Ellington with the assistance of Magnusson's sliding bass to set the stage for a breathy tenor voice that asks, "What else could I do?", "I Didn't Know About You."
There are literally hundreds of different recordings available for most of these selections, and many have highly recognizable vocal and instrumental versions. However, on standards such as the quartet's boppish takes on "I Want to Be Happy" and Cole Porter's "So In Love," the melodies don't pale, thanks to the vocal quality of Evans' horn and the inventiveness of the band. Likewise, tunes associated with other tenorists are not copies but are truer to the melodic intent. While Sonny Rollins sped across the ocean "On A Slow Boat to China," Evans, Magnusson and crew take a smooth slower ride; the ballad "Something to Remember You By," swung out by Lester Young, is given an easy swinging feel; and though Joe Henderson pleaded with his lover, Evans delicately reminds her "You Know I Care." Luciana Souza's "Argument" again has Evans playing the role of vocalist in a striking classical presentation, while Bernstein's "Some Other Time" is a touching end-of-the-night snuggler.
Track Listing: 1.The Late Late Show 2.Skylark 3.Never Let Me Go 4.Pennies From Heaven 5.I Didn't Know About You 6.I Want To Be Happy 7.Something To Remember You By 8.You Know I Care 9.On A Slow Boat To China 10.Argument 11.So In Love 12.Some Other Time
Personnel: David Evans-tenor saxophone, Mike Wofford-piano, Bob Magnusson-bass, Joe La Barbera-drums
I was first exposed to jazz in 1961 (at age 10) when I was in a shopping arcade in Southport, England with my parents. I fell in love with the music playing over the PA system; Take Five by the Dave Brubeck Quartet
I was first exposed to jazz in 1961 (at age 10) when I was in a shopping arcade in Southport, England with my parents. I fell in love with the music playing over the PA system; Take Five by the Dave Brubeck Quartet. After going through Rock 'n Roll, the Beatles and Heavy Metal/Hard Rock phases over the next eight or so years, I finally bought my first jazz album; We're All Together Again for the First Time by Dave Brubeck, Paul Desmond and Gerry Mulligan. I was hooked on jazz, and still am 40+ years later.
I moved from England to the USA in 2002, and founded the Brookfield Jazz Society in 2005.
I became editor of the quarterly IAJRC Journalin 2012. The magazine goes to the worldwide membership of the IAJRC (International Association of Jazz Record Collectors) and many major libraries and educational establishments around the world.
As well as being the editor of the IAJRC Journal, I write about jazz and review CDs, vinyl, DVDs and books on jazz.
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