As on his debut release, Portrait, Hope and Despair showcases Evans' considerable compositional capabilities. quot;I'm definitely trying to play more of my own music. I wanted to have a complete range of songs and feelings,quot; he says. quot;Everything here is something about my life. They're all originals except for the last one (the beautiful quot;NjiLulequot;, a traditional Albanian folksong arranged for quintet by the trumpeter).