Monday, May 6, 2013

Christian McBride's Two Bass Hits - Bob Stewart

Bassist Christian McBride birthed his acoustic group a few years ago by necessity of desiring a return to the hallowed Village Vanguard in New York. His then current electric band was not deemed appropriate by club owner Lorraine Gordon ("You can come back, Christian, but not with that rock 'n' roll band.") Thusly, Inside Straight was born and then named at their seminal gig at the Monterey Jazz Festival by the fans in attendance. The three-time Grammy Award-winner brings back another installment of this group on the new CD, "People Music." This sojourn is augmented by a couple youngsters on the rise-Ulysses Owens, Jr. and Christian Sands, who play on two tracks-the remainder handled with the usual aplomb my Messrs. Steve Wilson, Warren Wolf, Peter Martin and Carl Allen.
McBride also has a part on the new disc from Michael Dease, "Coming Home." As he writes in the liner notes, Dease's "staggering command of the trombone has rightfully made him the in-demand player that he is today." The trombonist has played in a host of great big bands over the years, including those of Illinois Jacquet, Jimmy Heath, Charles Tolliver, and Wayne Shorter. For his fourth CD as a leader, he's joined by reedmen Steve Wilson and Eric Alexander and pianist Renee Rosnes, while McBride is joined in the rhythm section by his drummer from Inside Straight, Ulysses Owens, Jr. The disc features five inventive Dease originals complemented by rare covers of songs by Oscar Peterson, Freddie Hubbard and Duke Ellington.

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