Jul 15th, 2019
Founded by Soulive member, writer and drummer of over 15 years Alan Evans, the Alan Evans Trio, aka Ae3, is an american power soul organ trio consisting of Alan Evans, Danny Mayer (Eric Krasno Band) and Kris Yunker (Jen Durkin and the Business).
5 years since the release of latest album “Merkaba” in 2013, Ae3 is finally back with new full-length “The Wild Root”, containing 9 bangin’ tunes that blend funk, soul, jazz and a splash of psych-fuzz action to spice things up. Released via US label Vintage League Music on July 19th on CD, LP & Digital, “The Wild Root” was anticipated by first single “Black Rider”, the only vocal cut of the album, which reached 20,000 plays on Spotify in a matter of days.
“The Wild Root” reveals a mature sound that seamlessly shifts from upbeat 60s soul-jazz, like in the opening titletrack, to moody, cinematic atmospheres such as those of “The Surveyor” or “Night Shade”, Summery jazz-funk vibes like in “Regeneration” or heavy-hitting psych-funk grooves such as in “Green Machine”. Though it’s an instrumental album, (minus “Black Rider” with Evans on singing duties of course), “The Wild Root” never has a dull moment, providing the perfect balance of hard-driving grooves, jazzy meanderings, soulful melodies and psychedelic undertones. It took 5 years for a new album from Ae3, but it was worth the wait!