With ... It Was Beauty, pianist Orrin Evans presents his seventh Criss Cross leader date, returning to the label for the first time since 2005.
The title tells the story: On a reflective, immensely satisfying ten-piece program comprising mainly originals, the 36-year-old Evans -- joined by bass titan Eric Revis and master drummer Donald Edwards, both partners of long standing -- plays with old soul focus, presenting a deeply personal vision that privileges notions of dynamic contrast, immediately identifiable tonal identity, meaty harmonies, tension and release, and three-way conversation.
|1.||Black Elk Speaks (Eric Revis) 3:51|
|2.||African Song (Bill McHenry) 8:11|
|3.||Blues Connotation (Ornette Coleman) 4:21|
|4.||Commitment (Orrin Evans) 9:41|
|5.||Dorm Life (Orrin Evans) 5:16|
|6.||Rockin' Chair (Hoagy Carmichael) 5:02|
|7.||Ellipsis (Mark Helias) 6:32|
|8.||Hats Off To Rebay (Ben Wolfe) 6:00|
|9.||Ribisconsia (Todd Bashore) 4:45|
|10.||My Tribute (Andrae Crouch) 5:55|
Total Time: 59:40
Recorded January 29, 2013 in Brooklyn, NY, USA by Michael Marciano