Bill Evans – Rise Above (2016)
The lesser known of the two Bill Evans Miles Davis hired or the eclectic solo banjoist, the sax veteran (tenor and soprano) continues to push jazz-funk boundaries. Any jazz fusion is a delicate row to hoe because there’s a fine line between improvised solos and self-indulgence, and Evans usually manages it.
He fused jazz and bluegrass into Soulgrass in the early 2000’s and this time out adds guitarist/vocalists from blues-rock jam bands Gov’t Mule/Allman Brothers/JJ Grey. Some of it works and some doesn’t so much, but the four successes below are distinctly original and worth the price.