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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

Album

Heatmap

Label: Imani
Released: 2022
Track listing: Heatmap; Tossed Aside; Surrounding; Limestone; Splinters; Trees For the Forest; Trembling; Whisperchant; C(o)urses; Spheres.

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Article: Album Review

Caleb Wheeler Curtis: Heatmap

Read "Heatmap" reviewed by Paul Rauch


It is mostly troublesome to make blanket assertions about jazz and the musicians that facilitate the art form. Such assertions are subjective at best, yet it would not seem unreasonable to assert that Caleb Wheeler Curtis is one of the more interesting alto saxophonists to emerge since 2000. His playing has a radiant, vocal quality to ...

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Article: What is Jazz?

Seattle Jazz Fellowship Presents: Orrin Evans & the Captain Black Big Band

Read "Seattle Jazz Fellowship Presents: Orrin Evans & the Captain Black Big Band" reviewed by Paul Rauch


The Seattle Jazz Fellowship, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit founded by trumpeter Thomas Marriott, was created in response to the loss of viable jazz stages showcasing the vibrant resident jazz scene in Seattle. While local jazz musicians and fans alike mourned the downfall of longtime resident haunts such as the New Orleans club and Tula's Jazz Club, Marriott ...

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Article: Interview

Pianist Joe Block: At the Start of His Big Bang

Read "Pianist Joe Block: At the Start of His Big Bang" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer


According to cosmologists, our universe started as a tiny speck and within a fraction of a second exploded into a huge ever-expanding space with all the galaxies, stars, and planets condensing out of the dispersed matter within it. This picture of the origins of the cosmos provides an apt metaphor for the way in which some ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Kahil El'Zabar, Kyoto Jazz Sextet, Peter Somuah, Kevin Eubanks & More New Releases

Read "Kahil El'Zabar, Kyoto Jazz Sextet, Peter Somuah, Kevin Eubanks & More New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Music from garages, cyberspace and outer space, tributes and collaborations, and all around good energy in this set...Happy listening!PlaylistBen Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 Wolcott Curran Collective “Any Number of Things" Any Number of Things—Single (Clockwork) 0:16 Host talks 4:18 Kahil El'Zabar Quartet “Eddie Harris" A ...

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Article: Album Review

Caleb Wheeler Curtis and Laurent Nicoud: Substrate

Read "Substrate" reviewed by Paul Rauch


The duo, in jazz or any musical form, is an intimate conversation that requires a large degree of artistic courage. The participants must be willing to expose themselves emotionally as well as musically. It is brutally honest, a practice in individuality within the context of mutual respect and humility. In the case of Swiss pianist Laurent ...

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Article: Six Picks

April 2022

Read "April 2022" reviewed by Pat Youngspiel


Remboato Remboato Nagalu 2022 After pianist Koichi Sato's Embryo—praised in a recent Six Picks issue not only for its musical excellence but also for the elaborate packaging and presentation that Shinya Fukumori's Nagalu label offers— Remboato is the Japanese label's second outing of the year and features a remarkable acoustic ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Kevin Eubanks, Orrin Evans & Immanuel Wilkins

Read "Kevin Eubanks, Orrin Evans & Immanuel Wilkins" reviewed by Joe Dimino


From a new super jazz group Pluto Juice, we begin the 745th Episode of Neon Jazz with the 2022 song “Pluto and Beyond." The band includes Dayna Stephens and we play on song off his 2015 album Reminiscent. From there, we get into new music from Gregg Hill, Remy Le Boeuf and Micah Graves. Kansas City ...

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Article: Album Review

Michael Feinberg: Hard Times

Read "Hard Times" reviewed by Troy Dostert


Although the Covid pandemic has been devastating to the artistic community, and certainly jazz musicians are no exception, albums like Michael Feinberg's Hard Times point to the possibility of hopeful resilience. With a top-shelf bunch of colleagues and smart compositions with rhythmically crafty arrangements, the bassist's eighth release is a winner, with a plucky spirit and ...


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