|Moe's Alley & Royal Family Records present the ALAN EVANS TRIO for an album release party celebrating for "Merkaba"
Co-founder, writer and drummer of Soulive for over 15 years, Alan Evans proudly
presents his newest creation, Alan Evans Trio: an inspiring and fresh organ trio
lineup. Enlisting the support of good friends and talented players Danny Mayer
on guitar (On the Spot Trio), and Beau Sasser (Melvin Sparks, Akashic Record)
the trio’s sound proves hard-driving and groovy with deep, funky melodies and
powerful, rhythmic counterplay. Alan Evans Trio opens a window into another side
- an emotional introspection, as dark as it is powerful. Their passionate progressions
emanate an electried, smoky, 70s-era CTI Records zeitgeist.
Mention the name Alan Evans to a room full of music lovers, and you will get a
consensus nod at one of the most celebrated and tenacious drummers in the
jazz, funk, and soul scene. A producer, recording engineer, guitarist, percussionist,
vocalist and writer, Alan’s repertoire of skills have been perfected with more than
a decade of dedication.
“I’ve known for a long time what my purpose is this time around. All I want to do
is try to make people happy with what makes me and my family happy... Music,”
says Alan about his new trio project.
For Alan, the idea of Alan Evans Trio hatched soon after he transitioned from Play-
onbrother Studios in Hateld, MA to his own home recording studio. Alan then en-
listed the ingenious talent of both Danny Mayer and Beau Sasser for the project.
Alan had met Danny Mayer rst as a Soulive fan, but then connected on a mu-
sical level when his band, On the Spot Trio (OTS), came out to Playonbrother
Studios to record their rst album, with Alan at the helm as producer. Alan had
played gigs with Beau Sasser for some time, and had a great deal of respect for
Beau’s masterful prociency on the organ, and knowledge of the history behind
Alan muses of Alan Evans Trio’s beginnings, “This is when it all started to come to-
gether for me. Danny was straight killin’ it, playing guitar exactly the way I would.
I knew that Danny and Beau together would be scary.” Danny and Beau both
consented to a recording session with one another. Alan set up the mastering
date, began thinking about a release date, tour, and even began designing the
website and logo.
After a successful national tour in support of their critically-acclaimed debut
album, Drop Hop (Royal Family Records), Alan Evans Trio is back from their voy-
age across the galaxy with a much-anticipated follow-up album, Merkaba (Royal
Family Records), which hits Earth on Tuesday March 19, 2013.
Produced and recorded by the Soulive legend himself, Alan recorded the entire
album in his home studio in South Deereld, MA. Passionate and inspired, Alan
Evans says of Merkaba: “I can’t wait for everyone and anyone to hear this album.
This album is all of me. This album is for the loves of my life and there are songs on
here that I never thought would see the light of day but the timing was perfect.”