ABOUT THE ARTIST

Pianist and composer Falkner Evans brings a diverse musical background to his art. A native of Tulsa, Oklahoma, he was first drawn to the popular music of the 60s as a youth. He began playing piano when he was in high school, at around the same time he was turned on to jazz. After performing on the Tulsa jazz scene for a few years, Evans spent five years on the road with the grammy award-winning western swing group, Asleep at the Wheel. Musically it wasn't what the pianist looking for, but it was a great experience for him. In 1985, he moved to New York, where he immediately immersed himself in the crowded jazz scene, and eventually began studying with Mike Longo, the former pianist and arranger for Dizzy Gillespie. Longo, Evans says, “changed everything about my ideas of harmony, movement, and touch.” 

The pianist's first three trio discs, Level Playing Field (2000, Metropolitan), Climbing the Gates (2002, CAP), and Arc (CAP 2006), established Evans's voice as a player and composer. JazzTimes wrote that Evans “makes you listen carefully to discover the complexities beneath his music's attractive but subdued surface.” His fourth outing, Point of the Moon (CAP), featured the additions of saxophonist Greg Tardy and trumpeter Ron Horton to the trio of Evans, bassist Belden Bullock, and drummer Matt Wilson, and showcased compositions beautifully fleshed out by the expanded group. George Kanzler wrote in Hot House, “already notable in trio format, Evans's distinctive compositions stand out given full quintet arrangements.”

Evans says that his focus “is currently on composition. I love the element of surprise when putting together a piece of music. I want the music to be enjoyable on the first listen, but open up and show its depth on repeated listening.” He observes further that “all we can ever hope for is to absorb many difference influences as we go along and distill those into something unique and fresh.”