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Sunday, November 28, 2010

Kevin Eubanks & Miro Cabernet

I hope y’all had a blessed Thanksgiving. After a long four-day weekend, we need something smooth to help us slide back into the weekday groove. I first heard Kevin Eubanks in 1988 when I was with the World Health Organization in Kuwait. He and his group were on a world tour and stopped over to give a free concert at the University’s outdoor soccer field just two blocks from my home. I was surprised at the turnout. Quite a few of the Kuwaiti youth were jazz fans and many had his recordings. Most people know him from his fifteen or so years leading the Tonight Show Band with Jay Leno. He’s a consummate guitarist, whether it’s acoustic or electric. The Tonight Show rarely let him show off his talents, but I think the selections below will more than demonstrate his musical virtuosity. I even inserted a number with him playing a duet with Pat Martino whom I reviewed two weeks ago. Kevin plays acoustic while Pat is on the electric. His music is a great way to kick off the week. Enjoy!


Blues Jam:



Up Close at the Blue Note:

With Dave Holland:


Heat of the Heat:

Live in Seattle:

Four Stix:  

Acoustic Guitar:

With Pat martino; Progressive:

Kevin pairs nicely with a 2007 Miro Cabernet Sauvignon. It’s dark purple garnet with aromas of wild berries, spicy pepper, mocha, and a touch of licorice. Let this wine open up for an hour or so and the tannins become smooth, coating the mouth in a balanced dry wine with flavors of blackberry, mocha, and raspberry with a slight bit of oak that adds complexity. The finish begs one to take another sip—just as listening to Kevin Eubanks makes you want more of his music. Enjoy!


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