Pianist Orrin Evans Forms All-Star Trio Featuring Christian McBride and Karriem Riggins for “The Evolution of Oneself” – Available September 11 on Smoke Sessions Records

Pianist Orrin Evans Forms All-Star Trio
for The Evolution of Oneself 

Album Spans Jazz, Neo-Soul, Hip-Hop, and Country
in Reflection of Personal Growth

“…if you think that’s a badass trio, rest assured, it is…” DownBeat

This is a recording of an artist peaking at one of life’s milestones:
Evans turned 40 in March, and he has never sounded better.DownBeat
Pianist Orrin Evans takes stock of the pivotal moments that shape the trajectory of a life on The Evolution of Oneself, his scintillating new release on Smoke Sessions Records. The album is itself a landmark in Evans’ musical evolution, introducing a remarkable new piano trio with two longtime associates but first-time collaborators: bassist Christian McBride and drummer Karriem Riggins. The result is a raw and thrilling excursion incorporating a startlingly wide range of influences, from jazz and neo-soul to country and hip-hop.
As suggested by the title, The Evolution of Oneself explores deeply personal terrain, with Evans reflecting on the road he’s traveled to become the man and musician he is today. “This album is about personal evolution,” he explains. “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.”
Through 25 albums as a leader and co-leader, including his neo-soul/acid jazz ensemble Luv Park and the bracing collective trio Tarbaby, Evans has always followed a vigorously individual path. The Evolution of Oneself is no exception, with Evans setting a pace that brings out fiery, gut-churning playing from both McBride and Riggins – two of modern jazz’s most renowned and distinctive voices in their own rights.
McBride, of course, shares Evans’ Philadelphia origins, roots that both have taken great pride in over the course of their careers. But despite only a three-year difference in age, they’ve only worked together a handful of times, never on record. Evans met Riggins more than two decades ago, prior to his move to New York; Riggins later stayed with Evans and fellow Philly expat Duane Eubanks in their New York City apartment upon his own move to the city. Still, it wasn’t until a recent tour under Riggins’ leadership that the two shared any significant stage time together. The Evolution of Oneself finally provided the long-overdue opportunity for Evans to collaborate with both of them, forming a powerhouse new trio in the process.
While The Evolution of Oneself takes the concept more literally than usual, an Orrin Evans recording session is always a family affair, with a party atmosphere and guests stopping by whether they end up contributing or not. “Being in the studio and doing what I do is no different than a cookout on a Saturday night,” Evans says, and that openness is reflected in the raucous verve of this album.

“The Evolution of Oneself” was recorded live in New York at Sear Sound’s Studio C
on a Sear-Avalon custom console at 96KHz/24bit and mixed to ½” analog tape
using a Studer mastering deck. Available in audiophile HD format.

Upcoming Release Performances for The Evolution of Oneself:

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, Mark Whitfield Jr. (9/11), Mark Whitfield Jr. (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
Orrin Evans · The Evolution of Oneself
Smoke Sessions Records  ·  Release Date: September 11, 2015 
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