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Karma

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Karma

type:
Music
Current Status:
In Season
performer:
Robin Eubanks
genre:
Jazz

We gave it an A-

Besides ranking as one of the finest young trombonists in jazz, Robin Eubanks is one of those players who resists easy categorization. His new album, Karma, qualifies as a kind of composite portrait, framed by the introductory title cut — a snaky, metrically odd tribute to James Brown — and the concluding ”Remember When,” an homage to the late Art Blakey featuring Blakey alumnus Branford Marsalis. In between, Eubanks exposes his eclectic palette, from Stevie Wonder’s glowing ballad ”Send One Your Love” to the tough funk-jazz of ”Never Give Up.” Eubanks draws on a large cadre of players from his past, with special kudos going to the rhythm team of bassist Dave Holland and drummer Marvin ”Smitty” Smith, who subtly underline Eubank’s fluent stylings on ”Evidently” and ”Pentacourse.” From start to finish, Karma shows the diversity of styles that now fall under the heading of jazz. A-