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The Messenger is a project that reflects not only the guitarist's virtuosity on his instrument, but also his impressive compositional skills: writing all but two tracks. Best described simply as a Kevin Eubanks recording without specific categorization. Eubanks' intent with The Messenger is to communicate the breadth of his artistic influences. ''I wanted to branch out a little bit more on this recording,'' Eubanks states. ''I didn't want to be as concerned with the 'jazz sound' as much; I wanted to let out a little bit more of what I've been musically exposed to.''

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  • Audio CD (February 19, 2013)
  • Original Release Date: 2013
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mack Avenue
  • ASIN: B009AJDEHS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,902 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Misterian on March 3, 2013
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There's no doubt about what a talented guitarist Kevin Eubanks is. He's put out quite a few albums over the years, and they're all good, but not this good. This album demonstrates a lot of range, and goes beyond where he's gone before on his recordings. It's not simply a jazz album, like the rest of his catalog. It branches out into rock, funk, and bluesy regions as well. It's a great showcase for his considerable talent. This CD is full of excellent string-work. The rest of the band is strong too, and lays a solid foundation for Kevin to expand on. Of all Kevin Eubanks' albums, this is the finest in my esteem.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Robert Greiveldinger on June 8, 2013
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Kevin Eubanks' "The Messenger" showcases the esteemed electric guitarist's ability to play in a variety of different musical styles, but always in an articulate and reserved manner. The album also displays Mr. Eubank's diverse and measured song writing skills, as all but two of the tracks here are original compositions.

Though decidedly mid-tempo throughout, the album's first half - incl. John Coltrane's "Resolution", "JB", "Led Boots" and the funky-grooving "420" are generally more upbeat. The exception here is the floating lament "Sister Veil", which features two of Mr. Eubank's brothers on ponderous sax and trumpet.

The metronome moves more slowly during the album's second-half , esp. with the crepescular "Gloaming" and the Eubanks solo-guitar comp "Loved Ones". Both tracks are introspective, not sentimental, evincing Mr. Eubanks's ability to portray emotions and feelings intelligently, wordlessly, through his instrument, without ever pandering directly to the listener's musical sympathies.

The closer, "Ghost Dog Blues" maintains the down tempo , and though it never really progresses beyond the initial blues-guitar riff, reveals its development slowly and deliberately, all in an off-beat 3/4 time.

Mr. Eubank's guitar never smothers the group's performances, leaving plenty of room for the other musician's contributions, giving the "The Messenger" a strong group sound with a lot of space for interplay between the artists.

Despite its musical diversity, "The Messenger" always retains a straight-ahead style , thankfully never veering into the domain of so-called 'smooth jazz'. Instead, Kevin Eubanks shows how he is able to incorporate a variety of musical genres, incl.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kevin R. Geil on March 25, 2013
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I saw Kevin's band perform on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno in February 2013 and new I had to own this CD. Really great music and I recommend it to everyone... enjoy!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By kaelwb on March 24, 2013
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One of the best albums in years. Love Love Love it. He js one of the best musicians I have heard in a long time.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Carrie Sheridan on September 12, 2013
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I can't even believe how good these songs are...music to put you in the mood, slow you down, make you love it ALL...there are no words. I don't even know where this came from except from Sweet Inspiration and the artistry of a great soul devoted to being "The Messenger". thanks, kevin, for unforgettable music. UNforgettable on the first hearing. Seems to me that all the greats ~ and near-greats ~ woulda turned out to hear and see this one played live...
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By cheyenne on March 26, 2013
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Kevin Eubanks is more than a late night sidekick and band leader, he is the best at the jazz guitar genre. He is a top artist at composition and play. More, Kevin, more.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joyce Lyon on May 24, 2013
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Kevin is a new artist for me. It will take me some time to really appreciate this recording. I will be listening to it for a while.
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