On this week’s episode of The Low End Theory, Shan & OB chat with multi-instrumentalist Alan Evans. As one of the funkiest in-demand drummers on the jazz-funk circuit, Alan played drums in marching bands throughout high school and graduated to playing in different groups before he came up with the idea for the band Soulive with his brother Neal on Hammond organ and guitarist Eric Krasno rounding out the lineup.

With numerous hits to their name, the group rode the “funk/acid jazz” craze of the 90’s and recorded with vocalists like Ani Defranco, Talib Kweli, Jurrasic 5, DJ Krush and The Roots and opened up for everyone from The Rolling Stones and Common to John Mayer, highlighting how varied their sounds could be.

After signing with Blue Note Records, they had the enviable honour of Fred Wesley (of James Brown fame) coming in to arrange the horns for their first album. Since those days, Alan has been writing music solo under his namesake, has toured with the Greyboy Allstars and also recorded an album as Crushed Velvet & the Velveteers through his own Vintage League Music label.

Alan has just dropped a re-release of his 2005 album, Let It Ride, with bonus material and live tracks and it’s probably the funkiest record you will hear all year. All this and we drop a stack of fresh beats, rhymes and flavours for your ear holes.

alan evans   let it ride
alan evans let it ride
Alan Evans - Low Down Low
Alan Evans - Low Down Low
SOULIVE w/John Scofield, The Shady Horns & Marcus King - LIVE SET @ Brooklyn Bowl 6/15/17
SOULIVE w/John Scofield, The Shady Horns & Marcus King - LIVE SET @ Brooklyn Bowl 6/15/17


Alan Evans - Do it Again
Lila Ike - Where I'm Coming From (Remix)
DJ Bacon - Paleo Soul
The 7 Day Weekend - The Sea Of Stars
Izo FitzRoy - When The Wires Are Down [Kraak & Smaak Remix]
Gizelle Smith - King of the Mountain
Childish Gambino - IV. Sweatpants
Jean Knight - Do Me (Professor Shorthair Remix)
Ray Barretto - Acid (Nick Bike Edit)
Skeewiff - Soul Bossanova
D-Funk - Rumours
Die Rek & Dj Sean P - Bless
Pitchcaps - La Cape et l'Épée
Jay Electronica - Fruits Of The Spirit (Jim Sharp Edit)
Danced Til Midnight - Shelter
Danced Til Midnight - People Get Up
Chicken Grass - Trading Bullets
Teddy Pendergrass - Close The Door (Jim Sharp Edit)
Alan Evans - Let It Ride
Alan Evans - Ua Ah
Soulive feat Chaka Khan - Back Again
Soulive - Taxman
Crushed Velvet feat Kim Dawson - Good Thang
Alan Evans - Break It Down
Gdot & Born & Ed OG - Of Course I'm Fresh
Shad & DJ T LO - Hang On
Dag Savage - Mic Jackson
Nice & Smooth - Hip Hop Junkies
The Partridge Family - I Think I Love You
Heavy D - Wanna Be A Player
Wild Fire - The Rebels
Captain Planet feat Samira Winter & Nevilton - Tudo De Bom
Silvio Cesar - A Festa
Duke Jordan - Night In Tunisia [DJ Jazzy Jeff remix]
Brother Jack McDuff - Brother's Party [Flaunt Edwards]
Showbiz & AG - Party Groove
Red Astaire - Feel The Horns Blow
Palov & Mishkin - Theme From Backslam
Slow Motion Replay - Think Better
Beatfanatic - Raw