Duane Eubanks The Turning Point Café Piermont, NY November 7, 2009
In the middle of Duane Eubanks's trumpet solo on Recorda Me," the set's second selection, the music suddenly moved beyond an aggregation of interesting individual performances. It was the first of many transcendent moments in which the band jelled and everything felt just right. This transformation originated in the rhythm section. Electric pianist Spike Wilner, bassist Chris Haney, and drummer Eliot Zigmund began to swing in an intense, uniform, and direct manner that seldom diverted attention from front line improvisers, Eubanks and tenor ...read more
Duane Eubanks's second release for the Swiss TCB label follows the path carved out for his first album, viz., a strong affinity for those Blue Note and Prestige hard bop groups of the 1960's. Not only is this leaning evident in the up tempo material, but in the slower paced pieces as with his lovely ballad Too Late". Its pensive aura recalls the small group recordings by Miles Davis, Hank Mobley and Lee Morgan.This allegiance is not only evident in the playing but in the play list which includes pieces composed by Mobley, Morgan and Bobby Hutcherson. Once ...read more
Duane Eubanks is the youngest practicing member of yet another one of jazz's famous families, the Eubanks. In fact, the Eubanks family's immersion in music began with Duane's maternal grandmother, who passed on the tradition to Duane's mother, Vera, and to Duane's uncles, Ray and Tommy Bryant. Vera still performs in jny: Philadelphia, and one of her more famous students--not mentioning the informal lessons she gave her sons--was Kenny Barron. Born on January 24, 1969 in Philadelphia, Duane Eubanks is gradually gaining attention, especially in Europe, for the inspiring work of his own group. In addition, ...read more
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