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Ain't No Storm

Label: Imani / 88 Keys Productions
Released: 2021
Track listing: La Tortuga; Day 3; Torrential; The Importance of Abstraction; Ain't No Storm; The Others; Failure is an Option; A Cautionary Tale in Two Parts; That Which Cannit Be Replaced; Dystopia; Portrait


Article: Album Review

Caleb Wheeler Curtis: Ain't No Storm

Read "Ain't No Storm" reviewed by Paul Rauch

Caleb Wheeler Curtis is a noted voice in the modern world of alto saxophone, in large part due to his association with fellow artists. Most significantly, his work with Philadelphia-based pianist Orrin Evans and the “village" of creative participants within has put a spotlight on his style which attaches itself to tradition while exhibiting a willingness ...


The Trio Live In Jackson, Mississippi

Label: Imani / 88 Keys Productions
Released: 2006
Track listing: Dorm Life; Simply Green; Autumn Leaves; Lift Every Voice and Sing; Libra; Captains Prelude.


Article: Album Review

Orrin Evans: The Trio Live In Jackson, Mississippi

Read "The Trio Live In Jackson, Mississippi" reviewed by Edward Zucker

Orrin Evans has recorded for the Criss Cross and Palmetto labels, but he always seems to venture back to Imani Records, his own label. This is where Evans convenes his musicians and material of choice, whether working with his “funk-fusion-R&B-electric band Luvpark, in a piano trio setting, or with a larger acoustic group, as on Live ...


Live at Widener University

Label: Imani / 88 Keys Productions
Released: 2004
Track listing: 1. Two Faces of Nasheet 2. Umoja 3. JD's Revenge 4. We Both Tried 5. WTC 911 6. Autumn Leaves 7. We Fall Down


Article: Album Review

Orrin Evans/The Band: Live at Widener University

Read "Live at Widener University" reviewed by Terrell Kent Holmes

Live At Widener University, a two-disc set by The Band, led by pianist and educator Orrin Evans, exemplifies cohesiveness, and shows just how exciting jazz can be when a gathering of stellar musicians step up to the plate and knock it out of the park. “Two Faces of Nasheet," composed by drummer Nasheet Waits' ...


Deja Vu

Label: Imani / 88 Keys Productions
Released: 2002
Track listing: I Want To Be Happy; Explain It To Me; 5-4-94; When Jen Came In; Rhythm-a-ning; Dorm Life; Monroe; I Love You; Big Jimmy.


Article: Album Review

Orrin Evans Trio: Deja Vu

Read "Deja Vu" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Pianist Orrin Evans has always been (what am I saying? He was in high school in the early 1990s) a kind of undiscovered favorite of piano jazz fans. His recordings for the Dutch label Criss Cross have shown a maturity in playing and composing beyond his tender years. Like his stablemate at Criss Cross records Bill ...



Label: Imani / 88 Keys Productions
Released: 2001
Track listing: T. C.


Article: Album Review

Orrin Evans and Seed: Seed

Read "Seed" reviewed by Mark Corroto

The sound of Orrin Evans’ piano is restless. His latest trio, Seed, features original compositions that have an unsettled quality. Like Horace Tapscott’s explorations of the 1970’s or Andrew Hill in the 1960’s, this band pushes an expansive enthusiasm for new jazz. Evans keyboard work reminds me of a very propulsive Thelonious Monk mixed with the ...


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