Album:Flip The Script
Pianist Orrin Evans started out as a sideman and made his recording debut as a leader in 1994. Flip The Script is his latest CD. He was born in Trenton, NJ in 1976 and grew up in Philadelphia. He went to Rutgers University and studied with pianist Kenny Barron. Evans moved to New York and worked with his singer wife Dawn Warren and was a sideman with Bobby Watson. He released his first CD as a leader in 1994 and signed with Criss Cross in 1997. Evans moved to Posi Tone in 2007. He has released three CDs including Flip The Script in 2012. It's a trio album with Ben Wolfe on bass and Donald Edwards on drums. Evans also leads the Captain Black Big Band which released a CD in 2011. That band has a new CD coming out. I noticed he has been touring lately with guys like David Murray and Oliver Lake so he could be entering an experimental jazz phase. Evans still works as a sideman a lot on albums by Ralph Bowen, Sean Jones and Bill McHenry and he sometimes does live shows as a sideman. So he might turn up in your town and you won't even know he's there. Here's Orrin Evans with Khary Shaheed on drums, Jon Michel on bass and Chelsea Baratz on tenor sax performing Clean House in Pittsburgh 2010.