Robin Eubanks "Wake–up-Call" [SJL1001]
5 STARS - Downbeat Magazine
Having Vera Bryant, one of the most respected teachers (taught Kenny Barron amongst others) for a mother, Ray Bryant as your uncle, and Kevin Eubanks as a brother means that you heard only the best music while growing up and, naturally, high standards prevailed from a very early age. Sun Ra recognized this when he hired Robin while he was still in his teens. Art Blakey made him a pivotal member of his Messengers during the 1980's (Robin went on to become Musical Director for Bu). Since then of course Robin has fronted his own bands, recorded extensively as both a leader and as a special guest on many top selling albums, and picked up many prestigious awards on the way - including several reader and critic awards from Down Beat magazine. For the last few years Robin has also arranged, played and recorded as trombonist for the high profile Dave Holland Quintet & Big Band.
This studio recording illustrates what a force Robin is. The stellar group of musicians, all hand picked for the occasion, rise to the challenge presented by the writing and arranging of the carefully chosen mix of five jazz greats and three Eubanks originals.