Orrin Evans

Veteran pianist Orrin Evans is slated to release his forthcoming trio record, The Evolution of Oneself, on September 11th via Smoke Sessions Records. Linking up with Evans in his latest project are the equally legendary Christian McBride on bass and Karriem Riggins on the kit. As the title suggests, The Evolution of Oneself acts as a mirror into Evans’s road to becoming the esteemed artist that he is today. “This album is about personal evolution,” he shares. “For me, there have been different moments or people in my life that have made me evolve. You can call it change, but ultimately you’re still the same person from the day you came out of your mother’s womb. But you evolve, and that process is what this record is about.”

The beloved standard “All The Things You Are” by Jerome Kern serves as a tangible example of that evolution. The classic tune gets three very different treatments throughout The Evolution of Oneself and acts much more than just a regular standard in a jazz album. The lyrics penned by Oscar Hammerstein represent the most important factor of Evans’s personal evolution: his family and the support and devotion of his wife, Dawn Warren Evans. “My evolution is based on the past twenty years with this woman who’s had my back and accepted all the things I am,” reveals Evans. To complete the family affair, the couple recite the lyrics over the album’s penultimate version of “All The Things You Are,” which was produced by their son, Matthew Evans (them hi-hats produced by Young Evans should have many of you prospective producers taking notes by the way).

To properly prepare all of your ear canals for the 18-track journey into Orrin Evans’s The Evolution of Oneself, we are streaming the album in its entirety ahead of its September 11th release. Scroll down and delve into Orrin Evans’s account of his evolution thus far. Be sure to check out his upcoming performances to see if he’s hitting at a town near you.

September 10 – 13 / Smoke Jazz & Supper Club / New York, NY
feat. Luques Curtis and Clarence Penn w/ special guests Steve Wilson (9/10),
JD Walter (9/11), Paul Bollenback (9/12), and Antonio Hart (9/13)

September 17 / New Brunswick Jazz Society / New Brunswick, NJ
feat. Luques Curtis and Mark Whitfield Jr.

September 18 – 19 / Chris’ Jazz Cafe / Philadelphia, PA
feat. Luques Curtis and Mark Whitfield Jr. w/ special guest Sean Jones


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