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Falkner Evans, once a member of Asleep at the Wheel, was based in Tulsa, OK, before moving to New York in 1985. A fine pianist, he makes his jazz debut in the esteemed company of bassist Cecil McBee and drummer Matt Wilson. Evans displays an elegant lyricism on his five originals, most notably the waltz "Mudan Red" and the closing samba "Level Playing Field." He's also harmonically inventive on "For Heaven's Sake," Ellington's "I Got It Bad," and Bernstein's "Somewhere." Only k.d. lang's "Wash Me Clean" falls sort of flat. The sped-up tempo elides the hovering magic of the original version, and McBee's arco rendering of the melody is a poor substitute for lang's luminous voice. ~ David R. Adler, Rovi


Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '00s

Pianist Falkner Evans hails from Oklahoma, where he was inspired to become a musician when hearing a Beatles record as a child. His first instrument was the drums, which he began playing in fifth grade; the next year, he started a group, the Mustangs, that reached its peak when it opened a show for Conway Twitty. In the tenth grade, Evans took up the piano and formed another group, the Spring River Band, to play rock in the vein of Bob Dylan and the Band. Following high school, Evans joined the local...
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Level Playing Field, Falkner Evans
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  • 8,91 €
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: 07 May 2002

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