Primary Instrument: Piano
“The beauty of jazz as an art-form is the freedom of expression allowed,” explains pianist Falkner Evans. “There is nothing more free in music than jazz improvisation.” So the third recording (Arc) by the Falkner Evans Trio (with bassist Belden Bullock and Matt Wilson), once again uses the classic format of introducing a melody primarily as a jumping off point for spirited, swinging, deeply-organic, exploratory improv and trio interplay.
“When I approach a piece of music, I try not to over-arrange it,” Evans states. “I want to be as open to possibilities as I can. With only a bare structure, it allows each musician to bring many more ideas to the tune. This trio is continually trying to expand its reach. Of course the further you stretch, the more likely you will occasionally slip and fall, but the excitement and the journey to new places is worth it. I truly believe that when you go somewhere new for the first time, the audience senses that and appreciates it.”...