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John Evans & Dream

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John Evans & Dream

Composer/Arranger John Evans is best known for his work with saxophonist David Sanborn on the RIAA certified gold, Grammy-nominated album, HIDEAWAY.

Evans and his group Dream have just released their fourth album, “Night Flower”.

Here's what Jackie Anderson - Host of Midday Jazz on WJAB-FM Radio, said about John Evans & Dream's first album: “You can feel the magic from start to finish with “DREAM”. Smooth jazz at its finest. Don't miss this one.”

In 2007, shortly after its' release, Evans' DREAM album made it to the number one slot for all genres at CD Baby. The album then remained in the top 10 of Best Selling Smooth Jazz albums for over 125 weeks. ...
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SMOOTH JAZZ DAILY: John Evans & Dream, “Postcard from the Moon”

John Evans is widely known by his collaboration with David Sanborn on his album Hideaway. Evans composed and co- penned Creeper with Sanborn. Last year I reviewed his album The Winding Road (2009).

Now he is back with his new album Postcard from the Moon (2010). All songs are composed and arranged by John Evans.

Keyboardist John Evans is joined on this album by his band Dream, Ron Jones (saxophones & flute), Larry Spencer (trumpet & flugelhorn), Brady Mosher (guitars), Johnny Hooper (guitars), John Evans (keyboards), Chuck Rainey (Fender bass), Gene Glover (congas & percussion), Mike Collier (drums & vocals), Jennifer Perryman (vocals), Rosana Eckert (vocals), Annagrey Labasse (vocals) and new Andy Timmons (guitar).

The album starts with the ballad You Never Taught Me How To Say Goodbye. The heartfelt song about the loss of a beloved person features lovely singer Jennifer Perryman. The horn arrangement borrows from Earth, Wind & Fire, the vocal arrangement from the Carpenters, a delightful mixture.

Sloppy Joe's touches the Latin string. Excellent the rhythm section and especially Larry Spencer on trumpet. Emilio reminds me of Harry Bellafonte's Island In The Sun. Yes, that is the swing of the '50's and still standing the test of time.

On Bronx Blue you can listen to heavy blues intonations with Ron Jones on featured tenor sax and Andy Timmons on guitar. Walking along 7th Avenue we arrived contemporary jazz with jazz rock elements.

Postcard From The Moon presents the terrific singer Rosana Eckert, who perfectly fits into the horn arrangement. Really impressive.

BILLBOARD: John Evans & Dream, “The Winding Road”

Composer/arranger John Evans has been a master of smooth jazz for some 30 years, since he helped escort veteran saxophonist David Sanborn to RIAA gold with the composition “Creeper.” His previous solo release “Dream,” was an unqualified smash, where it topped the CD Baby sales chart in 2007 and remained in the top 10 of its Smooth Jazz Album chart for more than two years.

Sophomore CD “The Winding Road” on Studio Records LLC, again aligns Evans with his ensemble Dream, and keeps the genre’s fires burning -”if cool to the touch”- with a six-track triptych of gently swaying melodic embers. Among the set’s most virtuous qualities is its attention to nuance and diversity in the arrangements. Album opener “Easy Love” adds a touch of harmonic vocals - courtesy of Rosana Eckert and Annagrey Labasse - to a pleasingly swaying percussive backdrop, a la playful 1960’s Herb Alpert; while “In A Gentle Way” is full-on radio-ready smooth jazz, calming and genial. Both tracks showcase Larry Spencer on flugelhorn and Ron Jones on soprano sax. Meanwhile, “Love Will Find A Way” features a sonic serenade from Jones and Larry Spencer on trumpet, interacting with one another like teasing inamorata; and “I Was A Fool,” composed by Evans, with lyrics by his wife Sandy, offers a full vocal performance that accompanies a sensual melody line including drummer Mike Collier and Jennifer Perryman with Jones on sax. “Tight Squeeze,” a highlight of “The Winding Road,” tosses a bossa nova vibe into the mix, with a Latin-infused arrangement that offers Jones an opportunity to shine on flute, with Spencer on horns. The title track closes the album like a luminescent mid-summer sunset: beautiful, calming and gentle on the senses.

Evans’ “Road” is destined to be traveled again and again. With each journey, listeners are sure to see new sites and hear new sounds. Just exceptional.



SMOOTH JAZZ DAILY:

“With his second album The Winding Road, John Evans chose his own way to melodic music, always more downtempo and with stronger emphasis on melody than urban rhythm.”

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