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Even though he performs with better-known colleagues, Orrin Evans' second Criss Cross recording is a showcase of his compositions and/or his playing. Evans wrote five of the eight selections on Captain Black; three of the eight selections feature solo piano intros, and one of the eight is a solo performance of the spiritual "Calvary." While Captain Black may have been intended to be Evans' showcase, Ralph Peterson steals the show with his powerful, Blakey-esque drumming on "Explain It to Me," "Don't Fall Off the L.E.J.," and his soulful swing on the title track. Still in his early 20s at the time of this recording, Evans is a player to watch.
Performance CreditsOrrin Evans Primary Artist,Piano
Antonio Hart Alto Saxophone
Ralph Peterson Drums
Ralph Bowen Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Sam Newsome Soprano Saxophone
Tim Warfield Tenor Saxophone
Rodney Whitaker Bass
Avishai Cohen Bass
Technical CreditsGerry Teekens Producer
Max Bollerman Engineer
Ted Panken Liner Notes
K. Hasselpflug Executive Producer