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Falkner Evans: The Point of the Moon

Read "The Point of the Moon" reviewed by Jeff Dayton-Johnson

Pianist Falkner Evans is a distant relative of the great American novelist William Faulkner, by the same obscure Southern logic by which Al Gore and Gore Vidal are related. He is also a former pianist for the tight Western swing outfit Asleep at the Wheel and leader of an acclaimed piano trio.Evans's famed ancestor once wrote, “The past is never dead. It's not even past." Seen in the right light, this is not a bad axiom for 21st ...

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Falkner Evans: The Point Of The Moon

Read "The Point Of The Moon" reviewed by Mark Corroto

It is natural to equate a bit of hubris with jazz, but pianist Falkner Evans checks his ego at the door on The Point Of The Moon.Like his previous trio session, Arc (CAP, 2007), he returns with bassist Belden Bullock and drummer Matt Wilson, but supplements things with the horn frontline of tenor saxophonist Greg Tardy and trumpeter Ron Horton. If it weren't for Evans' name on The Point Of The Moon's cover, it might not seem like ...

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Falkner Evans: Arc

Read "Arc" reviewed by Christopher Shoe

Falkner Evans is an accomplished composer, and the number of ASCAP award-winning compositions present on Arc attests to that and more. Comprised of nine tunes, ranging from original material to jazz and pop standards, this statement from Evans' trio with bassist Belden Bullock and drummer Matt Wilson is sure to leave listeners with a pleasant aftertaste and a desire to come back for more. Evans' career has spanned a variety of musical genres and that has naturally ...

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Falkner Evans: Arc

Read "Arc" reviewed by Erik R. Quick

There has been considerable effort to redefine the means of expression regarding the standard jazz trio of piano, bass and drums. The world of contemporary popular music has been mined to provide unexpected material. Electronica furnishes additional textures which, perhaps, belie the inherent simplicity of a trio. Nevertheless, there are traditional stalwarts working to solidify the mainstream genre.

Pianist Falkner Evans' lack of cover story support within the industry is certainly not an indication that there ...

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Falkner Evans: Climbing The Gates

Read "Climbing The Gates" reviewed by Mark Corroto

This recording by pianist Falkner Evans is a jazz critic's guilty pleasure. Sure, we are supposed to be combing the bins for the latest greatest high-wire jazz act. But sometimes a rock-solid traditional performance grabs hold of your ears and smiles result.

Such is the case of this Oklahoma-born artist turned New York resident. His playing bears the influences of Tommy Flanagan, Kenny Barron, Horace Parlan and Mulgrew Miller. Steeped in the language of jazz piano, Evans delivers ...

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Falkner Evans: Level Playing Field

Read "Level Playing Field" reviewed by Dave Nathan

One of the pleasures of being allowed to review jazz CDs is the opportunity to get a chance to listen to the debut albums of younger artists with uncommon talents. Such is the case with New York pianist/composer Falkner Evans, transplanted from Oklahoma. You get your kicks from two distinct but related lines. The first is how each newcomer to the piano scene reminds one of the influences of the great performers who shaped how the instrument and the music ...


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