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Orrin Evans’ Captain Black Band: Mother’s Touch

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Mother’s Touch is the studio follow-up to this Orrin Evans-led ensemble’s topflight live recording from 2011. It’s as well arranged as its predecessor, versatile in its stylistic presentation and nicely balanced between cohesive ensemble statements and rich, expressive solo moments.

Pianist Evans displays his fondness for blues shadings and tones on the opener, “In My Soul,” and also impresses on the poignant “Dita” and the dynamic “Prayer for Columbine,” the finale among the session’s nine pieces. It contains some spirited performances from trombonist Conrad Herwig, baritone saxophonist Mark Allen, alto saxophonist Tim Green and tenor saxophonist Stacy Dillard.

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