Orrin Evans | Green Mill | Jazz | Chicago Reader

Orrin Evans Recommended Soundboard Image

When: Fri., Feb. 5, 9 p.m. 2016

Philadelphia pianist Orrin Evans, a coleader of the experimental trio Tarbaby as well as a confederate of mainstream trumpeter Sean Jones, continues to display nonchalant range and easy curiosity on last year’s The Evolution of Oneself (Smoke Sessions). A fiery trio session featuring the high-octane rhythm section of bassist Christian McBride and drummer Karriem Riggins, the album mixes standards pushed and pulled with elastic, imaginative arrangements and soulful, hard-swinging originals rooted in the protean postbop language that’s made Evans one of the most versatile pianists in jazz today. The album dips a toe into contemporary R&B via a few brief electric interludes, but Evans sounds best when swinging like mad, which is what we can expect tonight when he leads a trio with drummer Anwar Marshall and bassist Madison Rast.

Peter Margasak

Price: $15

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