Bill Evans (sax): Jean Pierre


Jean Pierre


Bill Evans (sax)


Soulgrass (BHM 1008-2)

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Bill Evans (sax),

Stuart Duncan (fiddle), Pat Bergeson (guitar, bass harmonica), Anton Leos (banjo), Victor wooten (bass), Vinnie Colaiuta (drums), David Charles (percussion)


Composed by Miles Davis


Recorded: Nashville, TN, October 2004


Rating: 90/100 (learn more)

Bill Evans (sax) seems to have found a genre that is pleasing to him musically and offers some lucrative opportunities not usually afforded progressive or fusion sax players. He takes bluegrass music, mixes it with jazz, a little funk and a little bit o'soul to create a rich gumbo. The degree to which you accept this music is probably related to the proportion of bluegrass, jazz, funk and soul used in the recipe. The Grammy people seemed to like it. Soulgrass received a nomination. To me, the roux is a bit over-spiced with bluegrass. But perhaps it is an acquired taste. At any rate, there is enough good music coming through the aroma to try some extra sips.

"Jean Pierre" provides some jazz and bluegrass common ground. Evans (sax) played this tune many times with its composer Miles Davis. I am quite sure Miles never had a banjo player perform the opening bars. The sing-songy melody is evocatively captured by Evans (sax) the same way he did when he was in Miles's band. He is truly an impressive player. On this "Jean Pierre," he often doubles-up with fiddler Stuart Duncan. A contrapuntal section leads to a fluttering funk sax solo. Then short turns are given to fiddler Duncan and banjoist Leos. Wooten supplies a thick funk base. The tune is boiling over the pot now. Stir. Stir again. Take a spoonful. Blow it off. Have a taste. Miles would.

Reviewer: Walter Kolosky

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  • 1 Stevie Edwards // Oct 29, 2008 at 04:46 AM
    Hey Bill: Long time / put your memory cap on! We met in Charlotte NC at Jonathan's Jazz Cellar, 1988. You came to my duplex after your gig, had a friend with you from Chicago with a nickname that escapes me [tall guy]. We "made out" -haha. Comin' back to ya? How could you forget another "petite blonde"? You played with Tim Smith after that a few times, I think?? I've l listened to your tunes on the web - awesome as ever! Hey, let me "book" you in Atlanta sometime. un petit bisou,Karen Edwards [nickname Stevie]
  • 2 mario franco // Mar 07, 2009 at 01:11 AM
    music as it should be, some gipsy , jazz, funk such mood unusual to find, bass player can teach cohen....... regards from Brasil