Coming August 16th on Imani Records

Walk a Mile in My Shoe

Guided by Evans’ embracing, instigative leadership, the Captain Black Big Band boasts a bold, vigorous sound; a raucous, unpredictable vibe; and a communal spirit convening a membership that ranges from revered elders to rising stars. Nowhere is that more evident than in the ensemble’s communal fifth release, Walk a Mile in My Shoe, which features appearances by Nicholas Payton and Jesse Fischer and vocal turns by longtime collaborators Bilal, Joanna Pascale and Paul Jost, along with special guest Lisa Fischer.

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Orrin EvansPianist • Composer • Producer • Performer

During his kaleidoscopic quarter-century as a professional jazz musician, pianist Orrin Evans has become the model of a fiercely independent artist  who pushes the envelope in all directions. Never supported by a major label, Evans has ascended to top-of-the-pyramid stature on his instrument, as affirmed by his #1-ranking as “Rising Star Pianist” in the 2018  DownBeat Critics Poll. Grammy nominations for the Smoke Sessions albums The Intangible Between and Presence, by Evans’ raucous, risk-friendly Captain Black Big Band, stamp his bona fides as a bandleader and composer. In addition to CBBB, Evans’ multifarious leader and collaborative projects include the Eubanks Evans Experience (a duo with eminent guitarist Kevin Eubanks); the Brazilian unit Terreno Comum; Evans’ working trio with bassist Luques Curtis and drummer Mark Whitfield, Jr.; and Tar Baby (a collective trio of 20 years standing with bassist Eric Revis and drummer Nasheet Waits). One of Tar Baby’s two 2022 releases will be released on Evans’ imprint, Imani Records, which he founded in 2001 and relaunched in 2018.


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My fellow musicians: Can we agree to stop asking people to "support live music"? We don't ask people to support farmers by eating vegetables. We tell them to help themselves by eating more's good for you. How about, "Have you had your recommended daily allowance of live music today?"

- David Gibson