Bill Evans' first professional gig was as a sideman in the band fronted by the late, great Miles Davis. From this auspicious beginning, Evans has contributed his tenor sax work to ensemble and solo work - including projects that add musical texture to the connections between jazz and soul and, most recently, between jazz and bluegrass - two American music genres that value virtuosic performance skills and improvisational technique. His recordings of the Soulgrass experience brought together many of best in the bluegrass business and this Live From Folk Alley is an extension of the experiment, presenting Evans and a talented group of performers (Ryan Cavanaugh-banjo, Chirstian Howes-fiddle, Richard Bona-bass, Joel Rosenblatt-drums) and featuring the Newgrass mandolin genius of Sam Bush.
Kentucky-born Sam Bush began playing mandolin at an early age but it was when he joined with other trad music iconoclasts in the '70s to form the New Grass Revival. Just as Bill Monroe had created a new genre from old sounds, Bush and company stood bluegrass on its ear, taking the music out of the country and introducing a new generation of listeners to the joys of high-energy acoustic instrumentation. Along with his CDs and touring schedule fronting his own band, Bush is consistently one of the most respected and sought out session musicians in Nashville.
This concert was recorded live at The Kent Stage in Kent, Ohio in January, 2008 by contributing producer Craig Adams.