CD Review: I Didn’t Know About You

This George Fendel review of David Evans’ new CD, I Didn’t Know About You, appeared in the March 2005 issue of JSO JazzScene:

Portlanders, listen up! You need to get behind David Evans because he’s both one of us and he’s the real deal. Evans comes from that great school of tenors built by Lester, Getz, and Zoot and Al. He gets this gorgeous, sculptured tone on a CD handcrafted with a world class rhythm section of Mike Wofford, piano; Bob Magnusson, bass and Joe La Barbera, drums. Evans moves the tempos around with ease; from the lilt of “Pennies From Heaven” to the tenderness of “Skylark”; from the classic “Something To Remember You By” to the swinging “The Late Late Show”; or from the tender “Some Other Time” to the well named “I Want To Be Happy”. Perhaps the surprise of the set is a relaxed, pianoless “Slow Boat To China”. But the highlight is the title tune, “I Didn’t Know About You”. It will forever be associated with the creamy alto saxophone of the great Johnny Hodges, but after a half chorus featuring Magnusson’s lyrical bass, Evans comes in with a dreamy bridge, and Hodges fans will melt. On the same tune, did I hear Mike Wofford with a brief but sparkling salute to Jimmy Rowles? This is a delicious CD, etched in the classic jazz tradition, and played with love and much care. Heavywood Music, 2004; Playing Time: 66:31, ****1/2.

JSO JazzScene is the official magazine of the Jazz Society of Oregon.

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