The Messenger

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All Music Guide - Matt Collar
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Matt Collar
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/19/2013
  • Label: Mack Avenue
  • UPC: 673203106529
  • Catalog Number: 1065
  • Sales rank: 41,565

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Messenger (5:40)
  2. 2 Sister Veil (5:46)
  3. 3 Resolution (5:40)
  4. 4 JB (4:27)
  5. 5 420 (4:18)
  6. 6 Led Boots (5:33)
  7. 7 M.I.N.D. (6:00)
  8. 8 Queen Of Hearts (3:49)
  9. 9 The Gloaming (5:30)
  10. 10 Loved Ones (4:09)
  11. 11 Ghost Dog Blues (5:23)
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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 Jr. Percussion, Conga
Technical Credits
Robert Biles Engineer
John Coltrane Composer
Kevin Eubanks Composer, Producer
Joe Gastwirt Mastering
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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  • Posted March 6, 2013

    Went to live Kevin Eubanks concert last week - although he is a

    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.

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