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Robin Eubanks: Wake Up Call

The fifth album by the Eubanks family eldest brother (guitarist Kevin leads the band on the Tonight Show, bassist David enlivened Dexter Gordon’s last Quartet, and trumpeter Duane debuts here) is cause for celebration. The 42-year-old Philadelphia native is one of our finest post-bop trombonists and these eight tracks reveal why. Eubanks’ warm sound, technical facility, inventive improvisations and thoughtful, energetic compositions are featured in a sextet setting.

Lee Morgan’s “Ceora,” Wayne Shorter’s “United,” and Charlie Parker’s “Scrapple From The Apple” offer Eubanks’ winning take on the jazz repertoire, with the soloists breathing new life into these always welcome touchstones. Eubanks, pianist Eric Lewis and bassist Lonnie Plaxico also serve up a refreshingly lyrical version of the standard “You Are Too Beautiful.”

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