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The Bad Plus become a core duo as they announce the departure of pianist Orrin Evans

The hit piano trio The Bad Plus have announced the departure of Orrin Evans three years after the pianist Grammy-nominated this year with his Captain Black Big Band for The Intangible Between replaced Ethan Iverson. The band, bassist Reid Anderson …

Published: 15 Mar 2021. Updated: 35 days.

The hit piano trio The Bad Plus have announced the departure of Orrin Evans three years after the pianist Grammy-nominated this year with his Captain Black Big Band for The Intangible Between replaced Ethan Iverson. The band, bassist Reid Anderson and drummer Dave King, made the announcement via the band's official Facebook page:

''Orrin has made the decision to further pursue the music under his own name and will be closing his chapter with The Bad Plus. Reid and Dave will continue on as The Bad Plus and are excited to open the door to new collaborative possibilities and fresh perspectives on their 20+ years of creative music together. While this marks the end of TBP as a piano trio (for now, at least), they are looking forward to expanding the ensemble as they work on creating music for their next record.'' (Full post, top)

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Evans also issued a Facebook post about his departure an excerpt of which reads:

''Three years ago, I joined an outstanding band called The Bad Plus. We've made some beautiful music worldwide during those years while fellowshipping with some incredible people. As we look toward the future, we are all excited to venture in new directions and evolve, yet again. For myself, this means that I've decided to focus on musical projects under my name, build Imani Records, and close my chapter with The Bad Plus. It is with a deep appreciation for the community that I share this news, and I make these changes with nothing but love and respect for Reid, Dave, and the entire Bad Plus family.'' (See full post above)

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Jazz winners at the Grammys include Maria Schneider, Kurt Elling, Jacob Collier, Chick Corea and John Beasley

The late Chick Corea and Maria Schneider each won two Grammys among the winners at the 2021 Premiere event. In the best improvised jazz solo category the winner is the late Chick Corea for 'All Blues' who also won in the best jazz instrumental …

Published: 14 Mar 2021. Updated: 36 days.

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The late Chick Corea and Maria Schneider each won two Grammys among the winners at the 2021 Premiere event.

In the best improvised jazz solo category the winner is the late Chick Corea for 'All Blues' who also won in the best jazz instrumental album category for Trilogy 2 by Chick Corea, Christian McBride and Brian Blade.

In the best jazz vocal album category the winner is Secrets Are The Best Stories by Kurt Elling Featuring Danilo Pérez. This was a great win for the Edition label. Kurt name checked Dave Stapleton of the UK jazz label among his thanks.

Robert Glasper won for best R&B song with 'Better Than I Imagined'.

In best instrumental composition ‘Sputnik’ by Maria Schneider won. Schneider also won in the best large jazz ensemble album category for Data Lords by the Maria Schneider Orchestra.

In the progressive R&B album category the winner is It Is What It Is by Thundercat.

In the best latin jazz album category the winner is Four Questions by Arturo O'Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra.

In best arrangement, instrumental or a cappella ‘Donna Lee’ arranged by John Beasley won.

In best arrangement, instruments and vocals 'He Won't Hold You' by Jacob Collier feat. Rapsody, won. Later this evening Collier, who is nominated in the still-to-be-announced main album category, is also a presenter.

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