From his website:
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.
Orrin is the son of Don Evans, the noted playwright and educator who originated the History of Jazz course during his thirty-plus year tenure at The College of New Jersey. Orrin’s ensemble, Captain Black Big Band was created in honor of his father. Orrin sometimes performs with his siblings, poets Todd Evans and Rachel Marianno.