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Presence

Orrin Evans, The Captain Black Big Band

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1
The Scythe
Orrin Evans; Captain Black Big Band
9:29
2
Question
Orrin Evans; Captain Black Big Band
8:27
3
Onward
Orrin Evans; Captain Black Big Band
10:37
4
When It Comes
Orrin Evans; Captain Black Big Band
3:15
5
Flip the Script
Orrin Evans; Captain Black Big Band
10:03
6
Trams
Orrin Evans; Captain Black Big Band
11:53
7
Answer
Orrin Evans; Captain Black Big Band
13:07
8
Presence
Orrin Evans; Captain Black Big Band
8:58
9
When It Comes (alternate take)
Orrin Evans; Captain Black Big Band
1:19
Total Playing Time    77:08
Grammy Award nomination – Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album, 2018

The influence of the late playwright and educator Donald Evans has always loomed large over the Captain Black Big Band. Pianist and bandleader Orrin Evans named the band for his father’s brand of pipe tobacco, the aroma of which always announced his father’s presence in the house. The big band’s third album, Presence, is a celebration of the warmth and spirit of the elder Evans, but more importantly it’s quite simply a celebration – an approach to not only music but life that Evans inherited directly from his parents.

Presence features a scaled-down 11-piece version of Evans’ long-running big band, recorded live at a pair of venues in his hometown of Philadelphia: Chris’ Jazz Café (where the band made its debut in late 2008) and South Jazz Parlor. The line-up features a core group of collaborators that the pianist tends to refer to as “a family” or “a village” more than a band. Most of the musicians on this recording have played with Captain Black for years, while many of them have contributed compositions and arrangements to the ensemble’s ever-growing book.
48 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Smoke Sessions Studio Masters

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