Half Notes: Falkner Evans – The Point Of The Moon (2011)

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Being from the town of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Falkner Evans might be a jazz pianist, but he’s travelled through other styles of music before settling there permanently, even served as a member of country swing band Asleep At The Wheel in the early 80’s. Since around the turn of the millennium, he’s led his own jazz trio with Matt Wilson on drums, and for a while, fellow Tulsa native Cecil McBee on bass (replaced by Belden Bullock). He’s made three records with this trio, but this time, Evans was ready to stretch out, and so he added Greg Tardy (tenor sax) and Ron Horton to the lineup for his latest, The Point Of The Moon. Tardy and Horton, both veterans of Andrew Hill’s Big Band, blend together well. Even more key is how Evans blended the two into his compositions, from of blues march of “Altered Soul” to the smooth slow groove of “Dorsoduro”. Gary Versace contributes in intriguing ways on the final two tracks: his organ straddles alongside Evans’ piano for the soul-blues of “Off The Top” (video below) and lithe, Slavic-styled title cut features his trusty accordion. Falkner Evans moves a little away from his piano improvisor role and more into a bandleader/arranger role for The Point Of The Moon, resulting in a record that successfully expanded his capabilities.

The Point Of The Moon, a product of Consolidated Artists Productions, went on sale May 27.

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S. Victor Aaron

S. Victor Aaron

S. Victor Aaron is an SQL demon for a Fortune 100 company by day, music opinion-maker at night. His musings are strewn out across the interwebs on jazz.com, AllAboutJazz.com, a football discussion board and some inchoate customer reviews of records from the late 1990s on Amazon under a pseudonym that will never be revealed. E-mail him at svaaron@somethingelsereviews .com or follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/SVictorAaron
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