Bill Evans – Rise Above (2016)

Hreinn Gudlaugsson photo

Hreinn Gudlaugsson photo

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.

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