Bill Evans & Robben Ford - June 30 2010 Zoetermeer

billevansrobbenfordThe first concert of the Bill Evans Robben Ford band 'Soulgrass Meets Blues' featured mostly pieces from Robben Ford with a lot of bluesy influences and singing from Ford himself. Robben Ford took his drummer Toss Panos on board while Bill Evans introduced Ryan Cavanaugh on banjo and Etienne Mbappe on bass. A good concert for blues lovers where Ford and Panos in particular found each other, with fluent tenor and soprano sax lines from Evans on top. The only hint from the past when both Evans and Ford played with Miles Davis was when playing 'Jean Pierre', with that particular solo line that Davis hated so much according to Evans. The bass lines from Mbappe where OK but not very punchy what we've been used to when playing with Zawinul. Perhaps this was due to the poor bass sound amplification. Also Cavanaugh was not totally lined up in this new setting yet. Perhaps not satisfied himself he regularly switched between clean banjo sound and distorted guitar sound. Since this was the first concert in a series, some additional playing will be needed to get everybody tightly lined up. Nevertheless, for blues lovers it was a fine night.
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