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.
THE CAPTAIN BLACK BIG BAND:
CALEB CURTIS, alto sax TODD BASHORE, alto sax TROY ROBERTS, tenor sax JOHN RAYMOND, trumpet JOSH LAWRENCE, trumpet BRYAN DAVIS, trumpet DAVID GIBSON, trombone STAFFORD HUNTER, trombone BRENT WHITE, trombone ORRIN EVANS, piano MADISON RAST, bass ANWAR MARSHALL, drums JASON BROWN, drums
Recorded live at South Kitchen & Jazz Parlor, Philadelphia, July 20, 2016
01. The Scythe 02. Question 03. Onward 04. When It Comes 05. Flip the Script 06. Trams 07. Answer 08. Presence 09. When It Comes (alternate take)