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Album Review

Pianist Orrin Evans kicks his visibility up a notch with this move to the Palmetto label. He is furnished with a superb-sounding instrument, one that vividly captures his aggressive but sparklingly clear attack. The supporting players — bassist Eric Revis, drummer Gene Jackson, and alternating saxophonists Sam Newsome and Ralph Bowen — are seasoned veterans of Evans' gigs and recording sessions. Among the six Evans originals is one of his most ambitious pieces to date, the ten-plus minute "Commitment." The band sustains that searching quality throughout, whether it's the moody, medium swing of "M.B.B.S." and "Meant to Shine," the romantic tones of "Dawn Marie," the shifting meters of "Professor Farworthy," or the up-tempo onslaught of "Don't Write No S**t About Me" (a request that can't be honored, unfortunately). Bowen, who is heard on bass clarinet, flute, and soprano as well as tenor sax, pens a bright flute feature in three called "Elevation," while Revis' strutting, angular "JD's Revenge" closes out the disc. Evans seems to reach new heights with every outing; the only drawback to this one is its relatively brief duration. ~ David R. Adler, Rovi


Born: Trenton, NJ

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '90s, '00s

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,...
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  • 8,99 €
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: 01 September 2002

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