“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and cannot remain silent.”
“Where words fail, music speaks.”
—Hans Christian Andersen
“Music can change the world, because it can change people.”
“Music washes away from the soul, the dust of everyday life.”
“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything.”
“Jazz is like a great void, it waits patiently until a brave musician takes control of space and time.”
— Chris Griffin
“That within you that draws breath is where the music is.”
“ Music is the vernacular of the human soul.”
— Geoffrey Latham
Mind Tricks; Evidence of Things to Come; Knights’ Domain; Eccentricity; God’s Love (Redeeming); Balance; The Dark Room; Reminiscent Moments; Peaceful Surroundings; Cloud Nine (Obsession); Cloud Nine (Inward Struggle); Cloud Nine (Resolution).
PERSONNEL: Brian Hogans, saxophone; Aaron Goldberg; Luques Curtis; Obed Calvaire; Alex Wintz; Tammy Sheffer; Brandee Younger.
The strongest point of Evidence… is the sense of the familiar. It has the finesse of fusion and funk, with all the trimmings. This is an excellent album to simply appreciate the power of a good song. When something is this smooth and unadorned, you can value the openness of sound and how well a piano can complement a saxophone, or the gentility of brushes against the skins. Perhaps it’s a romantic view of listening, but why not? “Mind Tricks” is a scorcher with piano just dominating from 4:51 to 6:10. A kick-fire opener. “Evidence of Things to Come” has lively Moody-esque moments from Hogans that carry from beginning to end. “Knights’ Domain” is the first of several lovely duets with vocal and sax. It’s not clear who is doing the silky singing, but it enriches the entire album. In “God’s Love (Redeeming)” that ethereal vocal soars with fearlessness. There is nothing as appealing as a graceful tone floating in a melody such as “Peaceful Surroundings.” As the summer months move closer, what a great way to unlock the doors and bring in the fresh air of new music. Evidence… is the first good mellow CD of the summer.