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The Bad Plus: Activate Infinity (Edition)/ Reid Anderson/Dave King/Craig Taborn: Golden Valley Is Now (Intakt)

Drummer Dave King and bassist Reid Anderson have had an uproarious last 24 months. They lost their partner of 17 years in the Bad Plus, pianist Ethan Iverson, found a new Bad keyboardist/pal (the joyously diabolical Orrin Evans), and recorded two new albums, including this month’s Activate Infinity. At the same time, Anderson and King renewed … Read More “The Bad Plus: Activate Infinity (Edition)/ Reid Anderson/Dave King/Craig Taborn: Golden Valley Is Now (Intakt)”

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Orrin Evans and the Captain Black Big Band: Presence (Smoke Sessions)

The big Orrin Evans news of the past year has, undoubtedly, been the pianist’s induction into the Bad Plus following the decision of that trio’s co-founder, Ethan Iverson, to leave after a decade and a half. Fortunately, Evans’ new endeavor still affords him enough time to pursue creative outlets outside of TBP, including the Captain … Read More “Orrin Evans and the Captain Black Big Band: Presence (Smoke Sessions)”

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Orrin Evans: #knowingishalfthebattle

Pianist-composer Orrin Evans expands his usual lineup here, adding guitarists Kevin Eubanks and Kurt Rosenwinkel to the mix. From the moment Eubanks enters (on “Calls,” the second track), he wastes no time taking things into fresh sonic and harmonic territory, chording and firing off single-string leads with spiky toughness. Rosenwinkel makes his initial appearance, showcasing … Read More “Orrin Evans: #knowingishalfthebattle”

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Orrin Evans: The Evolution of Oneself

Some jazz pairings seem all but inevitable until they prove stubbornly elusive. So it’s great to see two of Philly’s best, pianist Orrin Evans and bassist Christian McBride, finally collaborate on a CD-and an audacious one at that, featuring drummer Karriem Riggins in an equally prominent role. The Evolution of Oneself isn’t a concept album, … Read More “Orrin Evans: The Evolution of Oneself”

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Orrin Evans’ Captain Black Band: Mother’s Touch

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 … Read More “Orrin Evans’ Captain Black Band: Mother’s Touch”

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Orrin Evans: Flip the Script

Orrin Evans raised some hackles earlier this year when he piggybacked on Nicholas Payton’s proclamation that the music he plays is no longer to be called jazz but rather Black American Music. The pianist and composer later expounded, clarifying that jazz might be a perfectly acceptable word to describe others’ music, just not his own. … Read More “Orrin Evans: Flip the Script”

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