Zen Food

Zen Food

by Kevin Eubanks


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Zen Food

Kevin Eubanks didn't do much recording as a leader during his 18 years as Jay Leno's music director on The Tonight Show, though Zen Food was taped shortly before the guitarist announced his departure from his long-running gig. Eubanks is accompanied by veteran saxophonist Bill Pierce (heard on both tenor and soprano), drummer Marvin "Smitty" Smith, keyboardist Gerry Etkins, and bassist Rene Camacho. Eubanks' opener, "The Dancing Sea," signals the diversity of his long-awaited CD, leading off with an intricate, infectious theme over a contemporary Latin rhythm, though the guitarist ends up playing a very heated solo, buoyed by Etkins' electric piano and Smith's powerful drumming, while showcasing Pierce's lyrical soprano sax. He switches to acoustic guitar for "Adoration" (which is derived in part from the centuries-old hymn "Praise to the Lord, the Almighty"), creating an intimate yet lively duet with Etkins' Fender Rhodes. Eubanks' breezy bop vehicle "6/8" is launched with the guitarist's hot riff accompanied solely by Pierce's equally hot tenor sax, with the intensity building as Etkins' funky organ enters with the rhythm section. Eubanks also proves himself as a ballad master with the whispering ballad "I Remember Loving You." Kevin Eubanks will satisfy jazz fans with his delicious Zen Food.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/22/2010
Label: Mack Avenue
UPC: 0673203105423
catalogNumber: 1054
Rank: 162351

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kevin Eubanks   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Bill Pierce   Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Marvin "Smitty" Smith   Percussion,Drums
Gerry Etkins   Organ,Piano,fender rhodes
Rene Camacho   Bass

Technical Credits

Robert Biles   Engineer
Gerry Etkins   Composer
Kevin Eubanks   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes
Maria Ehrenreich   Producer
Raj Naik   Art Direction
Craig Newman   Booking
John Peace   Photo Assistance
Traci Harper   Publicity
Gretchen Valade   Liner Notes,Executive Producer

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