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Kevin Eubanks: Live At Bradley’s

This date, recorded in 1994, is an important reminder of two things: that the Tonight Show bandleader is arguably one of the most accomplished guitarists of his generation, and Bradley’s-the intimate New York jazz club that closed last year-brought out the best in the musicians who played there. Joined by Tonight Show bandmate bassist Rob Hurst and pianist James Williams, the trio’s treatments of “Speak Low,” “Red Top,” “Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child,” “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy” and “June In January” are performed in superb blues 4/4 swing, waltz and ballad, R&B styles. Eubanks’ heart-rendering solo on “In A Sentimental Mood” clearly shows his debt to Wes Montgomery and Joe Pass, and the Latin impressions of Williams’ “Alter Ego” highlights the trio’s intense musical interplay and comping. All in all, this CD serves as a bittersweet reminder of the good music and good times from this well-loved jazz institution.

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