Josh Evans - 'Hope And Despair'

Trumpeter Josh Evans is slated to follow up his 2011 release, Portrait, with his 12-track sophomore effort, Hope And Despair. The album features all original material from Evans with the exception of the last track “Nji Lule,” a traditional Albanian folksong arranged by the trumpeter himself. “Everything here is something about my life,” reveals the trumpeter about Hope And Despair. “They’re all originals except for the last one. Some of the songs are a little older. ‘1984’ I probably wrote when I was in college. ‘Chronic Mistakes’ I wrote about the same time.” To prepare all your ear canals for Evans’s forthcoming record, the good people at Nextbop premiered “Chronic Mistakes” ahead of Hope And Despair‘s September 18th release. Evans’s newest track features a stellar solo from the man himself as the trumpeter showcases his special flair for motivic development. Tenor saxophonist Abraham Burton and pianist David Bryant also flex their chops as they lace the track with exciting solos over the stank-face inducing swang’ provided by bassist Rashaan Carter and Eric McPherson on the kit. Hit the play button below and listen to “Chronic Mistakes” for yourself. Be sure to cop your tickets for Josh Evans’s album release concert at Smalls on September 22nd. Pre-order Hope And Despair ahead of its 9/18 release date on bandcamp

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