|Kevin Eubanks||East West Time Line|
Kevin Eubanks — East West Time Line (April 7, 2017) ••›~ Až příliš často se stává, že koncepční alba v jazzu jsou tak úporně podřízena premisám, že v konečném důsledku hudba trpí. Melodie jsou nezajímavé, rytmická sekce není groove a sólisté ležérně jenom jakoby právě telefonovali. Na East West Time Line ale Kevin Eubanks uspěje nejen při vytváření koncepčního pojetí plné vynikající hudby, ale v konečném důsledku přináší jeden z nejjemnějších výkonů své legendární kariéry. Voňavě nový počin musíme dělit na dvě strany: tvrdě swingovou East Coast jazz a posléze ponoření do latinou zabarveného West Coast po přestěhování Eubankse do Kalifornie. Každá strana je tedy doslova z jiného pobřeží. Obě sestavy jsou hvězdné: východ reprezentuje trumpetista Nicholas Payton, kde působí jako dokonalý doplněk ke kytaře. Payton vyrovnává ohnivou a rytmickou stylizaci Eubankse, chladí hlavy a udržuje rytmiku v šachu (Jeff “Tain” Watts, Orrin Evans, Dave Holland). Bicí sekce v kvintetu West Coast, má dvě osobnosti: jsou to Mino Cinelu a Marvin „Smitty“ Smith.
~ První polovina alba je složena z Eubanksových originálů, zatímco druhá polovina uvádí perly standardů West Coast, kde dominuje závěrečná „My One and Only Love“, což sedí k místnímu LOVE Parku ve Philly, v intimním dialogu Kevin/Bill Pierce (tenor sax). Album má autoritu, je vzácné, pozvedá scénu skvělou hudbou s ambiciózním tématem. Rukopis Kevina Eubankse je nezaměnitelný, preferuje Abe Rivera kytary, Mesa/Boogie zesilovače a D’Addario struny. Je to jeho 23. sólové album z rovných padesáti celkově a nezbývá, než uznat, že ve svých téměř 60~ti letech téměř bestovka. Eubanks je kompletní hráč, ať už přináší jaw~dropping sóla nebo aromaticky labužnické vychytávky pro srovnávání standardů. Přesto by to, co Kevin hraje, zvládl u nás i Jiří Šimek a to pohodlně a bravurně. Pouze u Watercolors už si nejsem tímto příliš jistý, Kevin Eubanks je až příliš něžný hráč. Zůstaňme tedy u toho, že album je výsostně kolektivní prací dvou mančaftů s devítkovým hodnocením ‘obou pobřeží’. © GARANA FESTIVAL. Jazz guitarist and former 'Tonight Show' bandleader Kevin Eubanks is gearing up for a week~long gig at Birdland.
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Born: Kevin Tyrone Eubanks, November 15, 1957 in Philadelphia
Genre: Jazz, Guitar
Album release: April 7, 2017
Record Label: Mack Avenue Records II, LLC
01. Time Line 6:33
02. Watercolors 8:58
03. Poet 7:10
04. Carnival 4:20
05. Something About Nothing 8:46
06. Take The Coltrane 6:24
07. Captain Senor Mouse 4:56
08. Cubano Chant 5:00
09. What’s Going On 3:19
10. My One and Only Love 7:35
℗ 2017 Mack Avenue Records II, LLC
••› On ‘East West Time Line’, guitarist Kevin Eubanks explores the chemistry he maintains with musicians on both coasts. Joining Eubanks on this stellar outing are the irrepressibly swinging Jeff “Tain” Watts, bassist Dave Holland, pianist Orrin Evans and trumpeter Nicholas Payton, drummer Marvin “Smitty” Smith and saxophonist Bill Pierce.
••› Once again, his distinctive finger~style approach to the instrument is in the service of tunes that run the stylist gamut from urgent swingers to introspective ballads to Latin~tinged numbers and some get~down Philly funk.
••› “Eubanks is a complete player, whether delivering jaw~dropping solos or flavourful comps.” — JazzTimes
••› “His sound is known to be muscular and with impetuous virtuoso in the fast songs, more delicate and gentle in slow and moderate, demonstrating his large capacity of expressive musicality.” — All About Jazz
••› “Preeminent musicianship and a restless sense of creativity.” — PopMattersReview
Jazz Notes: Review of Kevin Eubanks’ Superb New Recording: ‘East West Time Line’
By Denin Koch, Contributing Writer ZEALnyc, March 23, 2017
••› Too often, jazz concept albums are so dedicated to their premise that the music suffers. The tunes aren’t interesting, the rhythm section doesn’t groove, and the soloists are phoning it in. With East West Time Line, however, Kevin Eubanks not only succeeds in creating a concept album full of outstanding music but ultimately delivers one of the finest performances of his storied career. The guitarist’s newest release celebrates the two sides of the jazz veteran’s sound — his roots in hard~swinging East Coast jazz and his immersion in Latin~tinged West Coast jazz after moving to California.
••› Eubanks splits the album down the middle and handpicks a unique band for each “coast” of the album. Both groups are stellar and play beautifully with the bandleader. On the East Coast half of the album, trumpeter Nicholas Payton serves as a perfect foil to the guitarist. Payton balances Eubanks’s fiery, rhythmic stylings with a cool~headed sensibility that keeps the rhythm section in check.
••› The percussion section on the West Coast quintet, made up of Mino Cinelu on percussion and Marvin “Smitty” Smith on drums, drives the groove with authority even as Eubanks and Bill Pierce (tenor sax) lay exotic rhythms on top.
••› The first half of the album is comprised of Eubanks originals while the second half features West Coast treatments of standards. The opener, “Time Line,” leads the East Coast portion off with a meter~bending, bluesy swing with a vintage Eubanks solo. Concluding the West Coast section is a gorgeous reading of “My One and Only Love” with only the guitarist and Pierce, featuring a wonderful opening chord solo by Eubanks.
••› East West Time Line is that rare album that succeeds at bringing great music to an ambitious theme. With this album, he shows off his signature style while moving back toward a straight~ahead approach. Look for this album to be celebrated as one of the best of the year upon its release.
••› Highlights: “Time Line,” “My One and Only Love,” “Something About Nothing”
• Guitarist Kevin Eubanks’ Unique Perspective on
• Musical Landscape of East and West Coasts
• Shines with New Mack Avenue Records Release...
East Coast Band (Side A) Features:
••› Nicholas Payton, trumpet
••› Orrin Evans, piano
••› Dave Holland, bass
••› Jeff “Tain” Watts, drums
West Coast Band (Side B) Features:
••› Bill Pierce, tenor sax
••› Rene Camacho, bass
••› Marvin “Smitty” Smith, drums
••› Mino Cinelu, drums © ••›~ Credit: Oliver Abels
KEVIN EUBANKS Biography
••→ Kevin Eubanks, guitarist and prolific composer. He is well known by many as the former Music Director of The Tonight Show band, appearing on the show 18 years (1992 — 2010). His laid back style and affability seems to belie the concentration and focus that have made him successful both as a consummate musician and a household name for late~night TV viewers.
••→ Kevin was born into a musical household in Philadelphia, PA. His mother, Vera Eubanks, is a gospel and classical pianist and organist with a Masters Degree in music education. She has taught both privately and in the school system, until her recent retirement. Vera’s brother, the late Ray Bryant, was a journeyman jazz pianist who recorded and toured with jazz greats such as Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, John Coltrane, and Sarah Vaughan not to mention a hit records of his own. Kevin was thus exposed to world~class music in his formative years as he began violin lessons, his first instrument, at age seven. His brother Robin, is a trombonist, arranger and tenured professor at Oberlin College and brother Duane is consistently influencing so many younger musicians as a trumpet teacher and continues to expand his recording career. Kevin also studied the trumpet before making his commitment to the guitar which was solidified with his entrance to the world renowned Berklee College of Music in Boston from which he has received an ‘Honorary Doctorate’ degree. He has also received an ‘Honorary Doctorate’ degree from Redlands University in California.
••→ Kevin moved to New York after attending Berklee College of Music where his career kicked off in earnest. He started playing with some of the greats of Jazz, including Art Blakey, Slide Hampton, McCoy Tyner, Sam Rivers, Roy Haynes, Dave Holland, Ron Carter and others. In addition to working in other bands, Kevin become the leader of his own group and traveled to Jordan, Pakistan, India and Kuwait on tours sponsored by the US State Department, not to mention the European/Japanese Jazz circuit which so many artists frequent.
••→ His first album as a leader, Guitarist, was released on the Elektra label when Kevin was 25. It documented a sophisticated, nuanced voice on the instrument, and was graced by the presence of some peers who are still performing with him today: tenor saxophonist Ralph Moore,(Tonight Show Band member) and his brother Robin. Kevin’s cousins, the late bassist David Eubanks and the pianist Charles Eubanks, also appeared on the recording, which was so well received that it lead to a seven record recording contract with the GRP label, owend by Dave Grusin and the late Larry Rosen. Those recordings, based largely upon Kevin’s compositions, gained him a wide audience through extensive radio airplay and touring. It showed the range of his skill on both acoustic and electric guitar. Kevin become a full~time bandleader, and traveled the world with his group.
••→ In 1992, Kevin moved to the West Coast to join The Tonight Show Band featuring Jay Leno. In 1995, Kevin was asked the lead the band. His versatility and open minded approach enabled him to write and choose music that satisfied the huge and varied audience for the show. He assumed the role as Leno’s sidekick, sometimes participating in skits, and his engaging personality as well as his musicianship drew attention. The position afforded Kevin the opportunity to work with great and popular musicians from all genres. As a result of living close to LA, Kevin has become involved in writing scores for both TV movies and full~length independent feature films. He loves to do volunteer work for charities and maintains an active relationship with the organization dearest to his heart, The Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. He has appeared on various TV shows from Hollywood Squares to VIP to Girlfriends, Days of Our Lives, Royal Pains, HGTV, Oprah’s OWN, The History Channel, to name a few. But his passion is clearly seen when he is on stage performing as he continues to embrace his true passion, the love of music.
••→ A strong advocate for music education, Kevin served as the Artistic Director of the Jazz In The Classroom Program for The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz from 2010 — 2012, where he worked with young up~and~coming middle and high school musicians in the Los Angeles public schools. “Young people need to be able to express themselves in ways that educate, uplift, and inspire self~confidence,” Eubanks remarked. “It’s important that everyone in the neighborhood gets to see that.” He also hosted the 2013 NEA Foundation Gala. He has taught at the Louis Armstrong Jazz Camp, the Banff School of Fine Arts in Canada, Rutgers University, and at the Charlie Parker School in Perugia, Italy as well as hosting master classes at many colleges and universities.
••→ In November, 2010, Kevin released the CD Zen Food (Mack Avenue Records) that debuted in the Top Five on the Billboard Jazz Chart and was Kevin’s fastest selling record ever. In February, 2013 his CD The Messenger (Mack Avenue Records) was released, garnering a 2014 NAACP Image Award nomination for “Outstanding Jazz Album.” That same year, he toured extensively as a member of Dave Holland’s PRISM. In March 2015, the acclaimed Duets (Mack Avenue Records), with fellow guitarist Stanley Jordan, was released to rave reviews and concert performances. His next project, the highly~anticipated upcoming CD East West Time Line is set for release on April 7, 2017 (Mack Avenue Records).
••→ In addition to club/concert touring Kevin has begun presenting at conferences around the country not only as a musician but also as a motivational speaker to people of all ages.
••→ As one of the most accomplished guitarists of his or any generation, Eubanks has deservedly become known to millions through music, TV, and what so many artists know so well, “lots of hard work.”
|Kevin Eubanks||East West Time Line|