Kevin Eubanks – East West Time Line review: a distinctive and creative guitarist

Wed, Apr 12, 2017, 15:30


East West Time Line

Kevin Eubanks

Mack Avenue


Kevin Eubanks’ fourth release since the demise of The Tonight Show band is the work of an east coast musician with divided loyalties. The first half is a set of the guitarist’s own compositions brought to vivid life in a New York studio by a heavyweight group that includes bassist Dave Holland and drummer Jeff Watts.

The second is a set of re-imagined standards (including What’s Going On and Take the Coltrane), from a west cost group driven by old friend Marvin Smith in the drum chair.

Mouthwatering line-ups on paper don’t necessarily slake the thirst in the ear, but here, particularly with Watts and Holland behind him, Eubanks delivers a reminder that, despite the lengthy television detour, he remains a distinctive and creative guitarist.