May 28, 2016

Rise Above

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About Rise Above

“RISE ABOVE” is Bill’s latest and most accessible release to date (2016). On this, his 24th solo offering, Evans explores rich and haunting vocals from special guest singers, including legend Gregg Allman, Warren Haynes, JJ Grey, Anders Osborne, Murali Coryell, and Josh Dion. Says Bill, “This recording has been an epic journey. My vision from the beginning was to record with some of my favorite singers, and work on a different song with each one of them. The goal was to still make a cohesive and solid performance out of all this music. It went far beyond my expectations. Sheer pleasure start to finish!”

 

RISE ABOVE is tied together with Evans’ pedigree and love of soulful melodies and hard-hitting grooves, as it has been from the very beginning.

 

In addition to his powerhouse guest vocalists, this recording features:

Guitar: Jake Cinninger (Umphrey’s McGee), Scott Metzger (Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, The Anders Osborne Band), Mike Stern (Miles Davis)

Bass: Dave Anderson

Banjo: Ryan Cavanaugh and Nick Piccininni

Keys: Marco Benevento (Garage A Trois, Joe Russo’s Almsot Dead), Rob Aries, Danny Louis (Gov’t Mule)

Fiddle: Tim Carbone (Railroad Earth)

Drums: Joe Russo (Furthur, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead), Josh Dion

Also featuring Vaneese Thomas singing background vocals and Roger Squitero playing percussion

 

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Detailed Track Information

1) “RIGHT LADY” 5:13 (Evans/JJ Grey) JJ and Bill spar, jab and move on this track. It’s a crowd favorite at live performances

2) “RISE ABOVE” 7:04 (Evans/Haynes) A rocking melody with lyrics that tell a story everyone can relate too. Lead vocals by Warren Haynes, who also takes a remarkable steel guitar solo. This track was recorded live in studio.

3) “LOVE GAME” 5:20 (Evans/Coryell) A hard rock groove sung by Murali Coryell. Guitar solo by Mike Stern. I have a long and great history with Mike, he and I performed and recorded together with Miles Davis.

4) “LOVE IS WORKING OVER TIME” 3:58 (Evans) This song was written for Gregg Allman, and the lyrics reflect an autobiographical story about Gregg, as sung by Gregg. He sings it with that truly identifiable voice. The narrative at the end of the song was spontaneous and totally unique.

5) “EVERYBODY’S LOOKIN’‘” 7:02 (Evans/Coryell) This song was written during a concert! Murali Coryell added some lyrics and sang the lead; it’s a tune you can’t get out of your head. Sorry about that.

6) “SLOW ROLLIN’ RIDE” 3:37 (Evans/Osborne) Anders is one of my favorite singers and this tune is a soulful story of relationships. The incredible groove comes by way of “The Madness” himself, Joe Russo.

7) “TALES OF A SHINY DEVIL” 6:11 (Evans) Jake Cinninger crushed the guitar solo on this. I’ve used this song many a time this year as an encore.

8) “STRANGE NEIGHBORS” 5:53 (Evans/Dion) Josh Dion sings this haunting rock ballad as only he can do – with soulful depth and grit.

9) “THEM CHANGES” 6:15 (Buddy Miles/Widespread Panic) On this classic tune by Buddy Miles, I incorporated a groove written by the band Widespread Panic to create an intensely infectious groove for Josh Dion to sing over.

10) “EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE” 3:54 (Evans) I sang this story about life’s tensions. During concerts I get a thousand people to sing the hook with me.

 

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May 26, 2016

Live in Moscow

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About Live in Moscow

During the fall of 2013 we performed 14 concerts as part of a U.S. State Dept. tour of Russia. Live performances were recorded at The Tsereteli Gallery of Arts in Moscow, October 29, 2013 and The Spaso House, U.S. Ambassador Residence, in Moscow on November 14, 2013.

 

This live album is the result of these absolutely fantastic opportunities.

 

The Russian people were amazing and unforgettable. We are all one people on a very fragile planet we call earth. Let’s work together.

 

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May 25, 2016

Dragonfly

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Dragonfly continues the evolution of Soulgrass and is the third release of the Soulgrass band. It is a unique blend of earthy vocal tunes as sung by Josh Dion, our drummer, Ryan Cavanaugh on banjo, as well as soulful and hard-hitting grooves played by special guests and legends, Warren Haynes and Steve Lukather. John Medeski makes an appearance on organ as well. As stated by Evans, “I find this to be a very addictive CD that best captures our current band’s live vibe. Off the charts!


 

 

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May 24, 2016

Vans Joint

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Rarely does a big band CD come out that really does sound contemporary. Well, this one does. Various compositions of Bills’ spanning over 25 years were arranged by the great Michael Abene and played by the world-renowned WDR Big Band from Köln, Germany. This Big Band is super charged from the start, and ace drummer Dave Weckl and bassist Mark Egan round off the project. It was recorded live at the Stadtgarten in Köln (Cologne), so it has that supercharged feel to it. This CD is a sure thing.

 

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May 22, 2016

Soulgrass

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Grammy®-nominated for its seamless blend of bluegrass overtones with jazz harmonies, Soulgrass blends jazz, funk and bluegrass into a seamless and wholly unique hybrid of quintessentially American styles. Joining the great saxophonist on this pioneering effort, which was recorded entirely in Nashville, are the legendary Bela Fleck, Victor Wooten, Vinnie Colaiuta, Mark Egan, Bruce Hornsby, Clifford Carter, Dave Kikoski, David Charles John Scofield. Other special guests include progressive bluegrass greats Sam Bush, Stuart Duncan, Jerry Douglas and Pat Bergeson.


 

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May 21, 2016

The Other Side of Something

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The follow-up to Soulgrass. Americana-meets-jazz-meets-groove featuring Bela Fleck, Victor Wooten and another all-star cast recorded live in Nashville. Evans makes a soulful vocal debut here. This is a no-holds-barred look at the blend of acoustic stringed instruments with Evans own jazz overtones. If you like the Flecktones-meets-Weather Report, here ya go. Evans once again blazes into unknown territory and pulls it off. Have fun with this one.

 

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May 7, 2016

Big Fun

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About Big Fun

Willie Nelson makes a surprise guest vocal appearance, as well as backgrounds by Bruce Hornsby. Funk-driven songs with a fun jazz twist, influenced by P-Funk as well as Herbie Hancock’s Headhunters. Can’t go wrong. Surprising at every turn. “Big Fun” is a soulful, interesting recording. Bill Evans taps into the talents of many of his associates from his Miles days and more recent adventures to produce a funky, swinging album. The three tracks with vocals work well (yes, even the Willie Nelson track). The instrumentals groove along nicely. Excellent sounding recording too. Highly recommended.

 

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