Messenger

The Messenger

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by Kevin Eubanks
     
 
Kevin Eubanks' second Mack Avenue release, 2012's The Messenger, follows up 2010's Zen Food and once again showcases the guitarist's knack for groove-oriented contemporary improvisation that straddles the line between R&B-infused smooth jazz and more adventurous and funky post-bop. Prior to his tenure leading The Tonight Show Band for Jay Leno,

Overview

Kevin Eubanks' second Mack Avenue release, 2012's The Messenger, follows up 2010's Zen Food and once again showcases the guitarist's knack for groove-oriented contemporary improvisation that straddles the line between R&B-infused smooth jazz and more adventurous and funky post-bop. Prior to his tenure leading The Tonight Show Band for Jay Leno, Eubanks was an accomplished modern jazz guitarist. While he did release a few albums during his time on The Tonight Show, Eubanks seems to have thrown himself back into full-time recording mode after parting ways with Leno in 2010. Where Zen Food found Eubanks delving into a mix of ruminative, often folk-inflected acoustic numbers and atmospheric jazz instrumentals, The Messenger is a decidedly more extroverted affair. Here, Eubanks is once again backed by several longtime cohorts including drummer Marvin "Smitty" Smith, bassist Rene Camacho, and saxophonist Bill Pierce. The Messenger also reunites Eubanks with his jazz musician siblings, trombonist Robin Eubanks and trumpeter Duane Eubanks, for several tracks. In that sense, the album recalls Eubanks' early, more hardcore jazz leaning efforts like 1982's Guitarist, 1984's Sundance, and 1985's stellar Opening Night. Like those albums, The Messenger is an enjoyable balance of groove-oriented improvisation, atmospheric ballads, and funky, contemporary instrumental jazz.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/19/2013
Label:
Mack Avenue
UPC:
0673203106529
catalogNumber:
1065
Rank:
57830

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kevin Eubanks   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Robin Eubanks   Trombone
Bill Pierce   Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Marvin "Smitty" Smith   Drums
Alvin Chea   Vocals
Duane Eubanks   Trumpet
Rene Camacho   Bass
Joey De Leon   Percussion,Conga

Technical Credits

Robert Biles   Engineer
John Coltrane   Composer
Kevin Eubanks   Composer,Producer
Maria Ehrenreich   Producer
Raj Naik   Art Direction
John Peace   Photo Assistance
Maxwell Middleton   Composer
Traci Harper   Publicity
Gretchen Valade   Executive Producer
Cliff Severn   Photo Assistance

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The Messenger 1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
colo48 More than 1 year ago
Went to live Kevin Eubanks concert last week - although he is a gifted musician, the music was discordant noise. No audience rapport or intro -- just improvisational noise.