There’s no taking pianist Orrin Evans out of his comfort zone. He’s just so musically articulate. Consider all the music he’s made with a trio, with his Captain Black Big Band, with Tar Baby, with The Bad Plus — or an upcoming duet recording with a longtime Philadelphia buddy, guitarist Kevin Eubanks.
Meeting up on Morning Jazz, alongside bassist Luques Curtis and drummer Mark Whitfield, Jr., Orrin and Kevin created a relaxed yet energized hour made up of a Carla Bley nugget, a tune by Kenny Baker, and an original from both the pianist and guitarist, surrounding the playing with animated verbal exchanges — an indication of just how much fun this foursome was having.
The Orrin Evans Trio with Kevin Eubanks appear through Sunday at Jazz Standard.