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Orrin Evans

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"The clear-cut best pianist of his time..." is how Hot House Magazine" described Orrin Evans in 1998, praise which was echoed again in the summer of 2002. This remarkable talent was nurtured in a household filled with music due to the efforts of his mother, a classical singer who surrounded the youngster with everything from the melodies of Puccini to the pulsating rhythms of Basie and Ellington. He learned from what he heard which is still the case today when he acknowledges such musicians as Trudy Pitts, Tim Warfield, Kenny Barron, Ralph Peterson, Edgar Bateman, Mickey Roker and Bobby Durham as inspirational guides

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The Magic of Now

Label: Smoke Sessions Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Mynah; The Eleventh Hour; Libra; The Poor Fisherman; MAT-Matt; Levels; Momma Loves; Dave.

Album

Live at the Deer Head Inn

Label: Savant Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Band Intro; Now’s the Time; Autumn Leaves; Intro to Ol’ Man River; Ol’ Man River; Bye Bye Blackbird; Idle Moments; Who Can I Turn To; My Old Flame; Yesterdays.

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Hindsight

Label: OA2 Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Tipping Point; Hindsight; Walking the Plank; Things Fall Apart; Requiem; In Short Supply; Going Viral; Paradise Lost; For Ellis

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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

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Article: Album Review

Jim Snidero: Live at the Deer Head Inn

Read "Live at the Deer Head Inn" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Any short list of the finest alto saxophonists playing today must include the name Jim Snidero who has been a force to reckon with on the New York City jazz scene for almost four decades. Snidero earns high marks on his latest album not only for his typically sharp and fluent improvisations but also for his ...

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Charlie Porter: Hindsight

Read "Hindsight" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian


Trumpeter Charlie Porter has proved himself to be an inventive composer whose works are simultaneously thought-provoking and mellifluous. His third and perhaps most immediately relevant release, Hindsight, draws inspiration from the events that came to public attention in 2020. Musically, the nine originals are fluid yet complex and are peppered with sounds from other genres such ...

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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 ...

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Article: Album Review

Charlie Porter: Hindsight

Read "Hindsight" reviewed by Paul Rauch


Portland based trumpeter/composer Charlie Porter is back, and following the trend industry wide over the past year, has released a finely crafted collection of pieces attached to a social narrative. Hindsight examines how we act in hindsight dealing with the long term societal struggles of racism, corruption and inequality. While two of the pieces feature the ...

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Dressed in a Song

Label: JWAL Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Dressed In A Song (Taylor Eigsti: piano); You Go To My Head (Jim Ridl: piano); The Last Muse (Obed Calvaire: percussion; Becca Stevens vocals; Ben Wolfe: bass; Julius Rodriguez: piano); What The World Needs Now (Orrin Evans: piano); Brother John (Marc Cary: piano); Can It Be Done? (Jean Michel Pilc: piano); All Through The Night.


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