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The well-crafted band-member arrangements on this subtle and swinging modern jazz big band studio recording sprinkle personal touches among well-worked standard routines.
Fruity saxophone calls elicit stabbed brass responses, gospel shouts are soulful and the ballad is rich with Ellingtonia. Pianist/leader Evans marshals the strong rhythm section and solo muscle includes trombonist Duane Eubanks, Marcus Strickland on tenor sax and the ebullient trumpeter Conrad Herwig.
Stand-outs include the title track’s fanfare of cadenzas, the slow-burning “Maestra” and the rampaging feathers of brass on “Tickle”.
Orrin Evans’ Captain Black Big Band