Flip the Script by Orrin Evans on Apple Music

10 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

Since emerging in the '90s, Philadelphia-rooted pianist and composer Orrin Evans has been a sideman to several artists (including Bobby Watson and Ralph Peterson), cut a number of albums as a leader, and more recently has helmed The Captain Black Big Band. Evans generally works in a straight-ahead, post-bop mode, and he’s very good at what he does. On 2012’s Flip the Script, he plays with a trio that includes bassist Ben Wolfe and Donald Edwards. Most of the tracks are four or five minutes long, and they’re generous with melody. The album opens with “Question,” a piece written by bassist Eric Revis that has a touch of Monk in it. The band swings hard and also embraces edgy abstraction, effortlessly erasing differences between playing in and out. Evans displays a big sound on “Clean House,” while a cover of Luther Vandross’s “A Brand New Day” evokes McCoy Tyner. A lovely Evans original, “The Answer,” precedes a slow, solo-piano version of Gamble and Huff’s “The Sound of Philadelphia.” Evans slows the latter song way down, and the result is a superb inner-city-blues rendering of the R&B classic.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Since emerging in the '90s, Philadelphia-rooted pianist and composer Orrin Evans has been a sideman to several artists (including Bobby Watson and Ralph Peterson), cut a number of albums as a leader, and more recently has helmed The Captain Black Big Band. Evans generally works in a straight-ahead, post-bop mode, and he’s very good at what he does. On 2012’s Flip the Script, he plays with a trio that includes bassist Ben Wolfe and Donald Edwards. Most of the tracks are four or five minutes long, and they’re generous with melody. The album opens with “Question,” a piece written by bassist Eric Revis that has a touch of Monk in it. The band swings hard and also embraces edgy abstraction, effortlessly erasing differences between playing in and out. Evans displays a big sound on “Clean House,” while a cover of Luther Vandross’s “A Brand New Day” evokes McCoy Tyner. A lovely Evans original, “The Answer,” precedes a slow, solo-piano version of Gamble and Huff’s “The Sound of Philadelphia.” Evans slows the latter song way down, and the result is a superb inner-city-blues rendering of the R&B classic.

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4:49
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3:36
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2:57
5:49
6:09
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About Orrin Evans

Born in Trenton, NJ but raised in Philadelphia, acoustic pianist Orrin Evans was among the "Young Lions" of straight-ahead jazz who emerged in the 1990s. His main focus is hard bop, although he has occasionally detoured into soul-jazz and R&B when backing such vocalists as Denise King and his wife, Dawn Warren. Influenced by McCoy Tyner, Horace Silver, Bud Powell and Thelonious Monk, among others, Evans graduated from high school in the early 1990s and studied at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ before going on to study privately with Kenny Barron and be employed as a sideman by Bobby Watson, Ralph Peterson, Duane Eubanks, singer Lenora Zenzalai-Helm and others. Evans recorded his first CD as a leader, The Orrin Evans Trio, for his own Black Entertainment label in 1994. After that, he signed with Criss Cross and recorded Justin Time in 1997, Captain Black in 1998 and Grown Folks Bizness in 1999. Listen to the Band followed a year later, with Blessed Ones and Meant to Shine following soon, continuing his yearly release schedule. ~ Alex Henderson

  • ORIGIN
    Trenton, NJ

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