Robin Eubanks - Trombone, El. Tr., Percussion Sampler
Orrin Evans - Keyboards
Kenwood Dennard - Drums
EB3 is a three-piece band that I formed, to create a unique musical environment, in order to help me continue to develop the use of electronics and various technologies within my music. I’ve been using electronics to augment the sonic palette of my trombone for more than 15 years. Advances in technology continue to refine and redefine the possibilities. I’ve been working on how I’d like to implement those variants.
Having worked years ago with the great organist Jimmy McGriff and after extensive use of samplers and sequencers, I knew that a keyboard bass could supply what I needed in the bass parts. I wanted to form a small, compact, versatile unit. I needed players that had jazz, funk, odd-meter and rock in their musical vocabularies. I also wanted to maximize the various abilities of the members of the group. Each person is called upon to fulfill the roles of two or more people. The result is that 1+1+1= 4 and more.
Orrin Evans is a young, talented pianist from Philadelphia who I’ve worked with in the Mingus Big Band. He has performed with Bilal, Ravi Coltrane, Elvis Costello, Roy Hargrove, and Branford Marsalis, among others. Orrin is also fluent with electronic keyboards; computer based processing and jazz and funk grooves. He’s a very creative soloist and can play melodies, chords or textures along with the bass lines.
Kenwood Dennard is an amazing musician who has played drums in a vast array of stylistically divergent bands, ranging from Dizzy Gillespie and Herbie Hancock to Jaco Pastorius and George Clinton. One day at rehearsal, he asked if he could try playing some bass parts. Having known him for many years, I was familiar with his innovations, one of which was playing a keyboard and drums, at the same time!
The idea of doing this DVD came about when a few musician friends of mine came to hear the band. They commented on how visual it was. Many of the things we’re doing are not fully appreciated unless you actually view what’s happening. When you can see the bass parts shift between players, or witness Kenwood play the bass and drum parts or watch me layer trombone and percussion parts, it’s a very different experience, from simply listening to the music.
We taped nine pieces for the CD. We’ve included five selections for this DVD, which is Volume 1. We will release the other four on Volume 2, at a later time. I hope you like the music. Feel free to check out my website at: www.robineubanks.com for more info or you can email me with comments at: email@example.com. ENJOY!
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Robin Eubanks is a musician that is always looking to express and communicate his life through music. Currently, his primary means of doing this is by leading his band, Mental Images, performing with the critically acclaimed, multi-award winning, Dave Holland Quintet and his position as Assistant Professor of Jazz Trombone at the Oberlin Conservatory.
He has long been considered to be at the forefront of new directions in music and on the trombone in particular. His recording, Get 2 It, has received rave reviews. Jazz Times said, "Live, as on record, Eubanks makes it all work artfully, like tiles in an intricate, logical yet intuitive, and slightly surreal mosaic....[he is] one of the finest jazz trombonists alive..."
Robin has studied music and the trombone since he was eight years old and continues to do so. After graduating cum laude from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, he moved to New York to further his development. He's amassed an impressive, varied array of musical experiences. Robin has performed and/or recorded with Elvin Jones' Jazz Machine, Mingus Big Band, the Rolling Stones, Slide Hampton's Jazz Masters, Eddie Palmieri, Talking Heads, Barbra Streisand, Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers and many others. He's done work on television and film including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Saturday Night Live, "Jungle Fever" and "Mo' Better Blues." He's also performed on Broadway in "Black and Blue," "Dream Girls" and "Grease." Robin lectures and conducts master classes at many leading educational institutons throughout the U.S. and abroad. He's also been a multiple winner of both DownBeat and Swing Journal's International Polls.