Ray’s raving about… Evan Marien’s “Between Worlds”
One of my current favorite bass players to hit the scene is Evan Marien. Voted one of 2009’s “Most Exciting Players” in July issue of Bass Player magazine, Evan has already accomplished a lot at age 23. A recent graduate of the Berklee College Of Music, Evan has already worked with some amazing musicians such as David Fiuczynski (he is featured on the new CD), Jack DeJohnette, Kenwood Dennard, Greg Howe, Greg Osby, Joe Lovano, John Blackwell and Wayne Krantz, to name a few.
On Evan’s new CD, he displays very mature compositions and playing. His tone(s) is amazing and Evan has a great sense of phrasing and time. I can certainly hear a Matt Garrison influence (whom he has studied with) but Evan always maintains his own identity/voice. One of my initial favorite tracks is “Eternals And Apathetics”. A version of this can be seen/heard here:
All in all this a great CD that does feature the bass but not at the expense of great musical compositions.
I can say with certainty that Between Worlds will be playing on my iPod for the weeks to come…
You can hear samples from the CD and ultimately purchase from Art of Life Records.