Robin Eubanks


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Karma Review

by Scott Yanow

Trombonist Robin Eubanks' Karma begins with a throwaway rap piece and then moves up to a higher level. Eubanks' versatility is displayed on a World Music performance with percussion and a choir ("Mino"), a ballad with sampled strings ("Maybe Next Time"), a Monkish piece based on Thelonious' "Evidence" ("Evidently"), Latin funk ("Send One Your Love"), more commercial funk ("Never Give Up"), a jazz original for sextet ("The Yearning"), the rhythmically monotonous "Pentacourse," a vocal feature for Cassandra Wilson ("Resolution Of Love") and a hard bop original dedicated to Art Blakey ("Remember When"). This CD, which has contributions from altoist Greg Osby, Branford Marsalis on tenor and guitarist Kevin Eubanks, is quite a mixed bag.

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