Soulive (Blue Note 90084)
Composed by Neal Evans.
Recorded: Boone, NC, December 5, 2002
Rating: 84/100 (learn more)
As per their reputation, Soulive is best experienced live. Watching Neal Evans's hands work in unison while handling double duty on keyboards and bass is always fun. He and fleet-footed drummer Alan Evans form the backbone of Soulive, and they provide a solid platform for guitarist Eric Krasno to wail. He ably obliges, adding blues-like presence to this particularly space-bound track. Krasno stays well within the margins here, allowing the Evans brothers to expand and contract the dynamics at will. The result is a very synchronous performance for a unit whose strengths are quantifiable power and psychic collaboration.
Reviewer: Marcus Singletary