Bill Evans, Steve Kaufman & Wayne Henderson
CDs reviewed by David Royko, Chicago Tribune, June 20, 1996
June 20, 1996
Bill Evans: Native And Fine (Rounder) ****
Henderson & Kaufman: Not Much Work For Saturday (Hay Holler) ***
Wayne Henderson and Steve Kaufman can play at a level most guitarists only dream about, and what is nice about this joint effort is that we hear them in the company of a bluegrass band, a recording rarity at least for Kaufman. That makes this disc possibly the most easily recommendable of Kaufman's for non-guitar freaks, but with playing this dazzling, it would still be impressive backed by bagpipes. Dry Branch Fire Squad banjoist Bill Evans can also play, which is no surprise, but the melodic beauty of his original compositions may be to those unfamiliar with Evans the solo artist. As impressive as he is on numbers like Ralph Stanley's "Fling Ding," it is on his own tunes that Evans is at his transcendent best, blending tradition with a distinctive sound that only covertly suggests newgrass.
David Duckman [David Royko]