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 completed their third album, "Postcard from the Moon".
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."
Here's what Paul Dunkel - Music Director & Conductor of the Westchester Philharmonic (New York) had to say about John Evans & Dream's first album, DREAM:
“I've been listening to Dream, a lovely recording based on the music of the gifted American composer John Evans. Mr. Evans obviously has an ear for lyrical lines and many of his songs are extended in these instrumental versions. The arrangements are subtle and colorful. The playing is first rate throughout. For this listener (a classical musician) Mr. Evans seems to have learned lessons from several major composers: Debussy comes to mind first. My particular favorite cut is "Para Bailar" with its Latin edge. Each selection has a catchy groove and there is enough variety between the five compositions to satisfy any listener whether he be from the pop or classical worlds.”
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 CD Baby's Top Selling Smooth Jazz Album Chart for over 125 weeks.
Evans has added some new players to Dream, including the legendary Chuck Rainey on Fender bass.
The most recent addition to the band is Andy Timmons, whose fiery and expressive guitar playing is known throughout the world.
Rosana Eckert and Jennifer Perryman, both award winning alumnae of the University of North Texas Jazz Vocal Studies program, join Dream’s Annagrey Labasse to add their extraordinary talents to the vocal sounds of John Evans & Dream.
"The Winding Road", Evans' second album, included some of his most memorable tunes, including "Easy Love" and "In A Gentle Way". These tunes showcase the outstanding talents of Larry Spencer on flugelhorn and Ron Jones on soprano sax. Both Larry and Ron are alumni of the famous One O'Clock Lab Band at the University of North Texas, in Denton.
BILLBOARD DISCOVERIES said of The Winding Road, "Just exceptional".
Evans' latest offering, "Postcard from the Moon", is an eclectic mix of his instrumental compositions and songs, with lyrics by Sandy Evans.
Track #1, "You Never Taught Me How to Say Goodbye", features Jennifer Perryman (vocal), Ron Jones (tenor sax).
Track #2, "Sloppy Joe's", inspired by the once very popular Sloppy Joe's Bar in Havana, Cuba, features Annagrey Labasse (vocal), Larry Spencer (trumpet).
Track #3, "Emilio", a song about a south-of-the-border Casanova, features Jennifer Perryman & Annagrey Labasse (vocal duet), Brady Mosher (acoustic guitar).
Track #4, "Bronx Blue", features Andy Timmons (electric guitar), Ron Jones (tenor sax).
Track #5, "7th Avenue", features John Evans (keyboards), Ron Jones (tenor sax), Andy Timmons (electric guitar).
Track #6, "Postcard from the Moon", a hauntingly evocative jazz ballad, features Rosana Eckert (vocal), Larry Spencer (flugelhorn), Ron Jones (tenor sax).
"Postcard from the Moon" is available at Studio Records LLC, iTunes, & CD Baby.
John Evans - Piano, Fender Rhodes, Clavinet, & Bass
Ron Jones - Tenor Saxophone, flute
Larry Spencer - Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Jennifer Perryman - Vocals, BG vox
Annagrey Labasse - Vocals, BG vox
Rosana Eckert - Vocals, BG vox
Andy Timmons - Electric Guitar
Brady Mosher - Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Johnny Hooper - Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Chuck Rainey - Fender bass
Gene Glover - Percussion, Conga drums
Mike Collier - Drums
Postcard from the Moon, is available on CD from Studio Records LLC (http://studiorecords.net). It is available at iTunes (http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/postcard-from-the-moon-ep/id392063124) and CD Baby (http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/jedream).
The Winding Road album is available on CD from Studio Records LLC (http://studiorecords.net). Also available at iTunes (http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-winding-road/id348333141), and CD Baby (http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/johnevansdream)
The DREAM album is available on CD from Studio Records LLC (http://studiorecords.net) Also available at CD Baby (http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/dreammusic), and iTunes (http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/dream/id210441129).
John Evans & Dream are played on Midday Jazz with Jackie Anderson on WJAB-FM Radio.
John Evans & Dream have tracks from The Winding Road and DREAM albums in regular rotation at Jango.com.
WJFN Showcase Internet Radio Show (tracks from "The Winding Road").
The Que 98.2 FM Online Smooth Jazz Radio plays John Evans & Dream tracks.
Key of Gee Jazz Break plays "Destiny" from the Dream album.
Kanaljazz also streams Evans' music.
You Never Taught Me How to Say Goodbye (track #1 on Postcard from the Moon)
Sloppy Joe's (track #2 on Postcard from the Moon)
Emilio (track #3 on Postcard from the Moon)
Bronx Blue (track #4 on Postcard from the Moon)
7th Avenue (track #5 on Postcard from the Moon)
Postcard from the Moon (track #6 on Postcard from the Moon)
BILLBOARD comments on John Evans & Dream's "The Winding Road".
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JOHN EVANS & DREAM, “The Winding Road” Composer/arranger John Evans has been a master of smooth ...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.