Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Christian McBride & Inside Straight @ Jazz Standard 11/7/10

This is such a phenomenal band.  They each have so much to offer.  I definitely prefer to see them at Jazz Standard over Village Vanguard.  It's so much more comfortable and easy.

I sat on the side of the stage and could see pretty well.  Each artist caught me at various times.  It was the first week this new young piano player is with them.  He is quite impressive.

I loved it and it was well worth the effort to get there.

Steve Wilson – alto & soprano saxophones
Warren Wolf – vibraphone
Christian Sands – piano
Christian McBride – bass
Carl Allen – drums

Christian McBride’s prowess as a player, his deep feeling for jazz history, and his appreciation for world culture have combined to make him among the most respected and in–demand musicians of his genera¬tion, not only as a collaborator on stage and on disc but also as a speaker, educator, and radio host. The Grammy Award–winning Philadelphian has been the “first call” bassist for artists ranging from McCoy Tyner and Sting to Kathleen Battle and Diana Krall, but it is his own recordings that reveal the totality of McBride’s musicianship. The latest is Kind of Brown, a collection of hard swing–to–bluesy groove tunes that is the artist’s first release for Mack Avenue Records. The CD includes seven new Christian McBride compositions plus songs by Freddie Hubbard (“Theme for Kareem”) and Eric Reed (“Pursuit of Peace”) and the classic ballad “Where Are You?”

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