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Ninety Miles, the collaborative album from (L-R) Christian Scott, Stefon Harris and David Sanchez, is currently available for streaming as an NPR Music First Listen.
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June 16, 2011 Earlier this week, we at NPR Music put together a multi-genre listening list of our favorite 25 records of the year to date. But jazz only took up a few spots on the final tally. What are your favorite jazz albums of 2011 to date?
Orrin Evans conducts the Captain Black Big Band at WBGO in Newark, N.J.
April 22, 2011 Philadelphia-based pianist and composer Orrin Evans brought 16 other musicians to the WBGO studios — and that represents less than half of the rotating cast of the jazz orchestra he organizes. Hear their session from Newark, N.J.
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The Captain Black Big Band, led by Orrin Evans (left).
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March 20, 2011 On their debut album, 38 musicians, young and old alike, rally around a pianist known for his bold intensity. But here, Evans is more community organizer than meticulous auteur: He lets the large jazz ensemble jut loose, blast hard and swing freely.
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