Unsung: Marc Evans – Beneath The Crescent Moon (Original Mix) (Quantize Recordings)
A First Listen? Not really! This when remembering ‘Beneath The Crescent Moon’ originally saw the light back in 2008. This a part of the critically acclaimed Marc Evans‘s ‘The Way You Love Me’ album.
Since then ‘Beneath The Crescent Moon’ has reappered under various versions including a downtempo one and a rework by the likes of Rancido among others. But it’s its Original Mix we’re talkin’ about today. The latter bringin’ Evans in a slightly environmnent. Thus showing another interesting facet of his talent. This with with Allen Thomas on guitar givin’ it a Latin (Balearic) feel along with Wendall Shepheard‘s flugelhorn jazzy part. The whole over a smooth House rhythm pattern with production work courtesy of DJ Spen & The Muthafunkaz.
Most likely an ideal appetizer as a matter of fact. As to what we, on this North Hemisphere of the globe, are ready to hopefully welcome as the Indian Summer…
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– Marc Avon Evans, a native Baltimorean, was born into music. This son of a vocalist and Jazz saxophonist didn’t discover his own music until his late teens though. Finally, as a student at Morgan State University, under the tutelage of Dr. Nathan Carter, he began nurturing a love for music. Out of that nurturing arises one of the most sultry, smoky baritones ever. That smooth voice meshed with passionate delivery sets Evans apart from the rest as one of the most talented vocalists of the millennium.
After performing as a solo artist or with his band, Soul Centered, Evans felt there was something missing in his music. Inspired by lyrical greats Jimi Hendrix, Marvin Gaye, Sting, and Sade, he decided to focus as much on his lyrical development as his musical craftsmanship.
He began to write poetry and perform on the open-mic circuit. As ‘The Songbyrd’, Evans the poet travelled up and down the East Coast from Massachusetts to the Carolinas. Eventually becoming a favorite on the performance poetry circuit.
Whether it’s his independent releases or his international label releases, he pursues both his writing and his music with purpose. Balancing his talents in both areas, Evans‘ lyrical presentation in song and spoken word is miles beyond one-dimensional artists. To witness any of his performances is truly an experience one won’t soon forget.
No surprisingly, Marc Evans has crossed the path of countless First League producers. Comin’ to international recognition back in the mid 2000’s with the memorable ‘The Way You Love Me’, along with DJ Spen & The Muthafunkaz. A cut which cleverly emebedded a riff of Teddy Pendergrass‘ ‘Come Go With Me’.
He eventually followed in this spirit 8 years later N’Dinga Gaba and DJ Spen on ‘Until You’. And this time embedding a riff of George Benson‘s ‘Love Ballad’.
Other cuts of his which deserve the listen including ‘Given Me Joy’ (here again with DJ Spen & The Muthafunkaz). But also ‘Without You’ in 2012 with Jamie Lewis. This in addition to ‘Respect’ that saw him sharing the vocal duties with Michelle Weeks and Natasha Watts. Not to mention the recent ‘You Change My World’ once again with Lewis. Or ‘Do You Remember’ that also saw him doin’ an encore. Although with DJ Pope. This almost four years after ‘Live It Up’. Then how to not mention ‘Beneath The Crescent Moon’ which he released on his own with The Muthafunkaz in charge of the production? Or his joint venture with Cool Million on ‘Dontcha You Wanna Dance’ back in 2015!
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