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Orrin EvansEvolution Of Oneself ... CD
Smoke Sessions, 2015. New Copy ... $12.99 17.99
The title here is very apt – as Orrin Evans is a pianist who seems to be in a constant state of evolution these days – from his wonderful work on larger projects, to his completely sublime sounds in a trio like this! Evans' notes seem even more fluid and cascading than ever – set up beautifully here alongside Christian McBride on bass and Karriem Riggins on drums – in a trio mode that breaks down most previous expectations of a group like this – with this magical dance between rhythm and melody, and a really three-cornered approach to the groove – but one that's clearly inspired by Evans' fantastic work as a leader. There's a bit of added instrumentation from Marvin Sewell on guitar on two tracks, and JD Walter sings on the album's final number – and titles include "For Miles", "Sweet Sid", "Wildwood Flower", "Iz Beatdown Time", "Feb 13th", "Spot It You Got It", and "Ruby Red". CD

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