Orrin Evans – #knowingishalfthebattle CD


1. #knowingishalfthebattle
2. Calls
3. When Jen Came In
4. Chiara
5. Kooks
6. You Don’t Need a License to Drive
7. Half the Battle
8. Heavy Hangs the Head That Wears the Crown
9. Doc’s Holiday
10. Slife
11. That’s All
12. Zeni Bea
13. #knowingishalfthebattle (snarky)

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8-panel Digipak Album

Orrin Evans’ #KNOWINGISHALFTHEBATTLE delivers the kind of edge-walking spontaneity that is familiar to anyone who’s ever seen him perform live. It is a raw, electrifying date that teams him with a pair of renowned guitarists who are also, not coincidentally, native sons of Evans’ own hometown of Philadelphia: Kevin Eubanks and Kurt Rosenwinkel. Invigorated by a thrilling sense of looseness and in-the-moment invention – an “anything could happen” vibe—the recording draws visceral performances from the full ensemble, but especially from the two six-string wizards that join in for the session. Orrin also features the latest in a long line of inspired rhythm sections, bassist Luques Curtis and drummer Mark Whitfield, Jr., along with up-and-coming saxophonist Caleb Wheeler Curtis and a longtime collaborator, vocalist M’Balia.

#KNOWINGISHALFTHEBATTLE shows Evans coming to terms with what he’s learned over his years on and off the bandstand — and more importantly, how to make use of that knowledge. The answer he’s come to involves letting go, forgetting what’s been learned and trusting the instincts that come along with it. By inviting such virtuosic musicians into his world, he’s asking them to do the same and making new discoveries through a collective act of forgetting.

In Orrin’s words: “When you let go of everything that you’ve been taught, the possibilities of what can happen on the bandstand are endless.”
released October 7, 2016

Orrin Evans – piano & Fender Rhodes
Luques Curtis – bass
Mark Whitfield Jr. – drums
Kurt Rosenwinkel – guitar (tracks 2, 4, 5, 7 & 8)
Kevin Eubanks – guitar (tracks 2, 6, 8, 9 & 10)
Caleb Wheeler Curtiis – saxophone (tracks 2 & 9) & flute (track 12)
M’Balia – vocals (tracks 5 & 11)
Matthew Evans – remixer (tracks 1 & 13)

Recorded Live April 5, 2016 at Sear Sound, Studio C, New York City

Produced by Paul Stache
Associate Producer: Damon Smith
Recorded by Chris Allen
Studio Assistant: Grant Valentine
Mixed by Paul Stache & Ted Tuthill
Mastered by Randy Merrill
Photography by John Abbott
Liner Notes by Bill Milkowski
Design by Damon Smith & Paul Stache

Kevin Eubanks appears courtesy of Mack Avenue Records

Executive Producers: Frank Christopher & Paul Stache

Weight 0.33 lbs