The Messenger is a project that reflects not only the guitarist s virtuosity on his instrument, but also his impressive compositional skills writing all but two tracks. Best described simply as a Kevin Eubanks recording without specific categorization as his intent with The Messenger is to communicate the breadth of his artistic influences. I wanted to branch out a little bit more on this recording, Eubanks states. I didn t want to be as concerned with the jazz sound as much; I wanted to let out a little bit more of what I ve been musically exposed to. Eubanks compares this philosophy to sports: It s like with professional athletes; most of those guys can play three or four sports. Society makes you choose one or the other. But that doesn t change who you are inside, or in Eubanks case, preventing him from showcasing his versatility on this album.