Source: East Bay Express.
The first time Karl Evangelista counted off the tempo and strummed the opening chords of his epic jazz suite Apura, he abruptly halted the proceedings after a few notes. False start. He bailed out of a second attempt just as quickly. But looking calm and unflappable, he found the sweet spot the third time, launching the quartet on an enthralling music journey that bridged cultures and generations. Though far more easily overcome, it was hard not to see the hiccups as symbolic of the many obstacles and complications he navigated in assembling his stellar cast last week at the Oakland Jazz Workshop.