Bill Evans (sax): Hobo
Bill Evans (sax)
Let the Juice Loose – Bill Evans Group Live at Blue Note Tokyo (Jazz City PCCY-00054)
Jim Beard (keyboards), Darryl Jones (bass), Dennis Chambers (drums).
Composed by Bill Evans (sax).
Recorded: live at the Blue Note, Tokyo, September 9, 1989
Rating: 90/100 (learn more)
"Hobo" is a carefree blues-folk-jazz ditty. The rhythm, structure and attitude in this performance are similar to some of the stuff Béla Fleck was doing with his Flecktones group. (Years later, Fleck and Bill Evans [sax] would collaborate. In hindsight you could have seen it coming.) Evans does some high-quality blowing and shows impressive control, squeezing out high-pitched blues notes of varying lengths. The piece may sound carefree, but it takes a lot of skill to make it so. "Hobo" requires the band to be tighter than a locked rail car. Having über-drummer Dennis Chambers keeping the time was probably a big key to that. "Hobo" is not one of those power fusion pieces. But even the most jaded jazz fusion cannot help but be left smiling after hearing it.
Reviewer: Walter Kolosky