Mother's Touch (feat. Captain Black Big Band) by Orrin Evans on Apple Music

9 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

Pianist and composer Orrin Evans, who's played with Pharoah Sanders, Branford Marsalis, Gary Bartz, Ravi Coltrane, and many others, released his 1994 debut, The Orrin Evans Trio, while he was still a teenager. He’s gone on to issue a number of other releases as a leader, but 2014’s Mother’s Touch is the first studio effort to feature Evans’ large ensemble, The Captain Black Big Band. The album is a pleasurable slice of straight-ahead jazz that's lush, muscular, and melodic. Evans’ group continually display nuances as they move through a variety of moods. “In My Soul” has a silkiness that evokes Duke Ellington, and Evans’ bluesy turn at the piano delights. The two-part title track recalls John Coltrane’s impressionistic free-time excursions. A version of Wayne Shorter’s “Water Babies”—which originally appeared on the saxophonist’s 1969 album Super Nova—keeps the mystery of the original, and the soloists craft fine statements. The closer, “Prayer for Columbine,” has a tight arrangement; the energetic cut points to the hope that can exist even after tragedy.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Pianist and composer Orrin Evans, who's played with Pharoah Sanders, Branford Marsalis, Gary Bartz, Ravi Coltrane, and many others, released his 1994 debut, The Orrin Evans Trio, while he was still a teenager. He’s gone on to issue a number of other releases as a leader, but 2014’s Mother’s Touch is the first studio effort to feature Evans’ large ensemble, The Captain Black Big Band. The album is a pleasurable slice of straight-ahead jazz that's lush, muscular, and melodic. Evans’ group continually display nuances as they move through a variety of moods. “In My Soul” has a silkiness that evokes Duke Ellington, and Evans’ bluesy turn at the piano delights. The two-part title track recalls John Coltrane’s impressionistic free-time excursions. A version of Wayne Shorter’s “Water Babies”—which originally appeared on the saxophonist’s 1969 album Super Nova—keeps the mystery of the original, and the soloists craft fine statements. The closer, “Prayer for Columbine,” has a tight arrangement; the energetic cut points to the hope that can exist even after tragedy.

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1:56
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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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