The New York Times praised his “sharp agility and counterintuitive swing feel” and added, “Evans is a viable candidate for jazz’s most resourceful and invigorating contemporary pianist. He is probably the closest heir we have to Geri Allen … At first, it can be easy to hear his playing and think you’re listening to a mainline jazz musician—perhaps a close acolyte of the post-bop doyen Cedar Walton. But that’s missing Mr. Evans’s vast library of personal innovations.” JazzTimes called him simply “one of the most distinctive and inventive pianists of his generation.”