Kevin Eubanks: New World Order


New World Order


Kevin Eubanks (guitar)


Turning Point (Blue Note CDP 7 98170 2)

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Kevin Eubanks (guitar),

Kent Jordan (flute), Charnett Moffett (bass), Mark Mondesir (drums)


Composed by Kevin Eubanks


Recorded: New York, December 1991


Rating: 89/100 (learn more)

Most people know Kevin Eubanks as the affable bandleader/sidekick on Jay Leno's NBC-TV Tonight Show. Though his talent shines through during the musical lead-ins to commercial breaks, many viewers are unaware that Kevin is one of today's most accomplished jazz guitarists, at home playing standards, fusion, acoustic ballads and even Smooth Jazz as he did for label GRP for a bit. (Pardon me while I gag.) Despite that lapse in judgment, Eubanks has shown himself to be an extremely articulate guitarist and impressive composer.

"New World Order" is indeed jazz-inflected world music. Flutist Jordan and an acoustic Eubanks flutter to and fro before a crooked Eubanks arpeggio ushers in the rest of the band. A slow relaxed swing ensues until midsection, when chaos reigns as Moffett and the gifted drummer Mondesir are let loose. Eubanks's acoustic attacks are full-frontal, his frantic notes cascading over the edge of a now relentless din. Is harmonious cacophony possible? Yes.

Back when Johnny Carson hosted the Tonight Show, he would occasionally feature bandleader Doc Severinsen and his stellar Tonight Show Band for an entire song. Jay Leno should do the same for Kevin Eubanks.

Reviewer: Walter Kolosky

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