STYLE: Jazz RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 153152-22386 LABEL: Independent FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1
Reviewed by Tony Cummings
I'm currently reading Evan's recently published autobiography Under The Afro and can tell you that this soul-singing New Zealand-based pastor has had a fascinating life. His latest album puts Evan firmly in nightclub jazz mode and with a couple of excellent musos in Stephen Small on piano and Lance Su'a on guitar (Lance's Kenny Burrell-style runs on the opener "My Gift A Song" are particularly impressive) the mood of relaxed mellowness is maintained throughout. Evan's voice is rich and convincing while his songs hinge almost entirely on the subject of love, both romantic ("This Love Of You") and divine (the worshipful "La La La"). Sometimes Evan's penchant for too obvious rhymes, like on "This Love Of You", spoils the effect but the shuffling "L-O-V-E" with its memorable "I think I'm ready.for love" refrain works well. Maybe 'Chance & Time' lacks the dynamics of some of Evans' early recordings but as a slice of sophisticated 3.00am style musical reflection this eight-song project works rather well.
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