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Before & After Listening Session with Orrin Evans

Reharms before hip-hop

Mulgrew Miller
David Murray
Orrin Evans

Pianist Orrin Evans has been especially prolific in recent years. In 2013, he released the trio album …It Was Beauty (Criss Cross), his 20th recording as a leader or co-leader. Within that tally is the latest CD by the collective trio Tarbaby, Ballad of Sam Langford (Hipnotic), in which the core group of Evans, bassist Eric Revis and drummer Nasheet Waits is joined by saxophonist Oliver Lake, trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire and Evans’ son Matthew on finger piano. Evans also produced singer JD Walter’s One Step Away (JWAL) and is preparing the second album by his Captain Black Big Band. A multitasker by necessity, Evans, 37, listened to these tracks while preparing a lunch of cream of celery soup in a Vitamix blender at his Philadelphia home.

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