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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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Soooooooooo nice. Some really great tracks. I keep listening to it over and over and never get tired of it. Thanks, Kevin.Published on August 26, 2013 by Richard R.
it all sounded like one long long long, song, I know he can do better, I want my money back or a free CD.Published on April 26, 2013 by Ada Sue Brown
Eubanks has always been one of my favorite's and this is a testimony of why he's one of my favorite's. Great stuff...Published on March 29, 2013 by Phildad
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.Published on March 26, 2013 by cheyenne
Kevin Eubanks has created a great CD with lots of new material showcasing Kevin's true talent!!! I am very pleased with this new addition to my collection.Published on March 25, 2013 by Renewed supporter