Q&A with Kevin Eubanks: Nothing from Something
A smooth, scintillating sound emanates from Kevin Eubanks’ recent release, East West Time Line (Mack Avenue). The former Tonight Show guitarist and his bi-coastal bandmates—East Coasters Jeff “Tain” Watts (drums), Dave Holland (bass), Nicholas Payton (trumpet) and Orrin Evans (piano), with West Coasters Rene Camacho (bass), Mino Cinelu (percussion), Bill Pierce (tenor saxophone) and Marvin “Smitty” Smith (drums)—deliver tracks that shimmer with tonal clarity and superb interplay.
DownBeat spent some time with Eubanks onsite at the Wilson Center Guitar Festival in Brookfield, Wisconsin, to learn more about the inspiration behind his new album. Eubanks also provided insights into the value and impact of musical training and revealed his plans for an exciting forthcoming project.