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Sam Bevan

Primary Instrument: Bass

Born: December 13, 1974    

Sam Bevan

Since moving to San Francisco in 1999, Sam Bevan has established himself as one of the most versatile and creative bassists in the Bay Area. Bevan is able to canvas a large musical landscape where jazz, funk, r&b, folk and Afro-Cuban disciplines joyously intermingle. His sound is in response to the history of modern jazz, yet it’s his composer’s ear which informs his overall concept. Bevan explains, “Since I began my musical life as a pianist, including experiences composing and arranging for pop/rock, jazz and salsa bands, I have gained a much broader sense of the role of the bass. I am very content providing support and feel as a part of the rhythm section, as well as listening for appropriate moments to push the music into new territory. My goal is to introduce interpretations of the music which are interesting and creative without compromising the lead melodic instrument.”...
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“Bay Area jazzman Bevan is a bassist for all occasions, as his quintet session bounces easily from hard-bop to groove-oriented jazz rock. It's Bevan's combination of tone, swing and chops that makes this line so fine.” JD Constantine, Guitar World’s Bass Guitar

“Articulate, focused and highly musical, Bevan's sense of melody and rhythmic thrust showcase his talent. Tight arrangements and well conceived writing goes to show that Bevan is a multi-dimensional artist with much to offer.” Randy McElligot, Jazzreview

Bassist Sam Bevan does not disappoint…Bevan’s heavy bass work provides a strong foundation not only on this track, but throughout the entire album. Jonah Berman, Jazz Times

Sam Bevan was out-of-sight. His bass-playing was steady, yet extremely snappy, upbeat and somehow exciting as hell. His distinct style is a combination of his unconventional phrasing and his tendency to play the bottom end in a higher register than most funk players. -Rob Winkler, Jambase

  • Hawkeye

    Mystery Panda Alliance Records
    2010
  • The Fine Line

    Self Produced
    2006

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