Christian McBride Reviews

“The bassist-as-bandleader is a fairly rare thing, with the torch being passed over the years from Charles Mingus to Ron Carter …and now to Philadelphia-born Christian McBride.” – NPR Music All Things Considered

“The deep, dark-maple tone that Christian McBride elicits from an upright bass is one of jazz’s forthright pleasures” – Nate Chinen, The New York Times 

“McBride can slap his bass with singer Dee Dee Bridgewater on the Isley Brothers’ “It’s Your Thing”; get into a hot Latin groove on pianist Eddie Palmieri’s “Guajeo Y Tumbao”; engage in abstract open exploration with pianist Chick Corea on “Tango Improvisation (hash)1;” and play more traditional jazz bass lines on the standards “Baubles, Bangles and Beads” with trumpeter Roy Hargrove and “Alone Together” with the late pianist Hank Jones.” –

“A ravenously inventive bassist and bandleader who’s equally at home dipping into electric funk as straightahead jazz, Christian McBride added to his already impressive list of accolades with a Grammy award earlier this year for “The Good Feeling,” his debut big band recording.” – LA Times

“As a bass player, Christian McBride favors depth and directness, laying down sturdy grooves that exert irresistible pull. For this, among other reasons, he has been famous, in jazz terms, since he was a teenager.” – Nate Chinen, NY Times

“Bassist Christian McBride has spun out a diverse jazz career over the past 17 years. The albums issued under his own name explore hard bop, funk, fusion, and big band sounds.” – Steve Greenlee,

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