LABEL: Vintage League Music
GENRE: funk / soul
In 2004 Alan Evans, co-founder / drummer of acclaimed funk / soul jazz band Soulive, recorded his first solo album, Let It Ride. The album, a groove driven funk tour de force, was only released on CD in Japan and was never available as a digital release. Now 17 years later, this sought after album is finally released properly featuring new cover artwork and with 3 never before heard bonus live tracks.
The album has a distinctive groove driven 70s funk vibe, mostly instrumental with a few vocal led tracks. Full of catchy hooks and outstanding musicianship. Evans wrote the album, plays drums, synths and sings. He enlisted an all star line-up of music friends to play on the album. Some of the very best of the modern funk/soul scene including:
Aaron Bellamy (Chaka Khan, Beyonce, Cee-Lo Green), Mike Feingold (Jay-Z, Erykah Badu), Ruslan Sirota (Stanley Clarke, Josh Groban), Neal Evans (Soulive, Lettuce, Jack White), Sam Kininger (Lettuce, Soulive, Dave Matthews), Cochemea Gastelum (Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Amy Winehouse, Lady Gaga), Atticus Cole (Lettuce, Bill Cole), Amee Jana, Skip Jennings, Nikki Glaspie (Nth Power, Dumpstaphunk, Beyonce).
Tracks include the feel good funk of “Do It Again”, an infectious tune with tight syncopated rhythms, while “Hot n Greezy”, is a dance floor funk number with snappy, bebop funk sax. Titletrack “Let It Ride” features a relaxed, evocative funk groove with 70s style analog synth, incredibly catchy! “Welcome To The World” takes things in another direction with a slinky soul jazz lounge vibe. “What the People Say” is a tough, heavy funk tune featuring chant style vocals. “Low Down Low” is a very groovy jazz funk track. All tracks feature tight in the pocket grooves and incredible musicianship.