"Evan Christopher harkens back to the early days of jazz's development, a time of elegance and finesse. Equipped with his research of the music, dexterity, and spirit, the hugely talented clarinetist is well prepared for this rare journey."
Clarinet phenom Evan Christopher pays homage to his beloved New Orleans with stellar pianist Dick Hyman, one of today's piano legends. An as added bonus, this disc includes liner notes by Dr. Bruce Boyd Raeburn, curator of the Hogan Jazz Archive at Tulane University.
"It's not every day that the jazz scene witnesses the arrival of an instrumentalist who can combine an ambitiously fresh perspective with respect for tradition as thoroughly and evenly as Evan Christopher does. He understands that it's not the notes but the feeling behind them and the human connections that result that matter most in New Orleans jazz. Imbuing each performance with palpable emotional content is what Evan does best, yet he is also a superb technician. He places himself within this tradition, and it is appropriate that he should do so, because he is advancing it at a time when some might assume that it is already extinct." --Bruce Boyd Raeburn, Curator of the Hogan Jazz Archive, Tulane University