by Kevin Eubanks


This album, issued in the wake of the stir caused by the Young Lions compilation album on Elektra Musician, is a first-rate mix of originals and standards beautifully executed by a group of studio players who include brothers Robin Eubanks on trombone, Charles on acoustic piano, and David on bass along with tenor saxophonist Ralph Moore and drummer Ronnie Burrage. Eubanks' choice of covers is brave; from Thelonious Monk's "Evidence" and Miles Davis' "Blue in Green" to Wes Montgomery's "The Thumb" and Jerome Kern's "Yesterdays," he offers not only chops, but a keen ear for nuance and subtlety. The treatment of Monk's "Evidence" is particularly satisfying for retaining the pianist/composer's angles without sacrificing the swing quotient. Likewise, his solo reading of "The Thumb" is played with great taste, offering no show-off pyrotechnics, yet he interprets the tune for the present day. Eubanks' own tunes, such as "Inner-Vision" with Moore, Burrage, and David, are shaped and informed by not only jazz but soul and blues without falling into crossover cliché. This is a fine first effort. [After being out of print for a decade on CD, Guitarist was reissued by Wounded Bird in 2004.]

Product Details

Release Date: 09/28/1993
Label: Discovery / Wea
UPC: 0010467100625
catalogNumber: 71006

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kevin Eubanks   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Robin Eubanks   Trombone
Ralph Moore   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Ronnie Burrage   Drums
Tommy Campbell   Drums
Charles Eubanks   Piano,Quitar
David Eubanks   Bass,Acoustic Bass
Mike Gibbs   Quitar
Roy Haynes   Drums

Technical Credits

Robin Eubanks   Arranger,Liner Notes,Author
Ralph Moore   Liner Notes,Author
Bruce Johnson   Composer
Ronnie Burrage   Liner Notes,Author
Tommy Campbell   Liner Notes,Author
Kevin Eubanks   Arranger,Liner Notes
Charles Eubanks   Liner Notes
David Eubanks   Liner Notes,Author
Joe Gastwirt   Engineer
Mike Gibbs   Producer,Liner Notes
Don Pulse   Engineer
Don Puluse   Engineer
Dave Baker   Engineer

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews