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Sam Bevan / Bryan Bowman / Mas Koga / Grant Levin: Hawkeye

Read "Hawkeye" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Hawkeye is the first release by a fine young quartet of musician, and a beautifully varied, eloquently played and intensely involving set of original compositions. The group, formed by bassist Sam Bevan and drummer Bryan Bowman, is based around the San Francisco area and brings together some young but talented players. Pianist Grant Levin and Japanese saxophonist/flautist Mas Koga complete the quartet. All four men contribute compositions to the album, also bringing their own ideas to the arrangements, leading to ...

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Sam Bevan: The Fine Line

Read "The Fine Line" reviewed by Matt Merewitz

If anything, Bay Area bassist Sam Bevan's debut instrumental album is appropriate for cold Sunday afternoons and rainy weekdays at work. Funk lite here, ambient guitar there... perhaps a brief swinging passage. For better or worse, the ever-so-familiar distorted guitar echoes are the foundation of The Fine Line, reflecting the unmistakable influence of Bill Frisell. Not surprising from a twenty-something jazz bassist. It seems this is the soundtrack of today's educated jazz musician. Very composed forms interspersed with a shuffle ...


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