Jul 19th, 2019
For any funk & soul aficionado who has kept a keen eye and ear on the contemporary scene, the name Alan Evans should definitely ring a bell. A founding member of American funk-jazz trio and Blue Note signing Soulive, for which he has been playing drums and writing songs for over 15 years, Alan Evans is no stranger to a solid groove. So much so that he has found the time to engage in a parallel project, the Alan Evans Trio, aka Ae3, alongside Danny Mayer (Eric Krasno Band) and Kris Yunker (Jen Durkin and the Business).
Evans, Mayer and Yunker have spent years individually and collectively touring the world bringing the soulful music they love to a captive audience. Each of these musicians are true artists who have bold and confident voices yet they create one massive sound together that is truly their own.
The trio’s sound proves hard-driving and groovy with deep, funky melodies and powerful, rhythmic counterplay. Ae3 opens a window into another side – an emotional introspection, as dark as it is powerful. Their passionate progressions emanate an electrified, 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.
As Ae3, the outfit has two albums under their belt: their debut “Drop Hop” released on Royal Family Records in 2012 and follow-up “Merkaba” in 2013. 2019 will see the release of “The Wild Root”, the first new album from Ae3 in five years. The album will be released on the Vintage League Music label on vinyl, CD and online and distributed in the USA and Europe by Fatbeats on all digital platforms.
Ahead of then the band just released the single “Black Rider” to rave reviews and 20,000 Spotify plays in a matter of days.
“The Wild Root” out LP / CD / Digital on July 19th via Vintage League Music