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Christian McBride: Here Comes McBride

By Published: December 12, 2009
McBride's next recording for Mack Avenue will document a major project by the bassist. "I wrote this piece call 'The Movement Revisited,' which is for gospel choir, big band and four narrators," he says. "It's basically music that I put to the words of Rosa Parks, Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali and Martin Luther King, Jr. We played it at Walt Disney Concert Hall in LA last year and we're going to record it live at the Second Ebenezer Baptist Church in Detroit in February. When I first wrote it, which was ten years ago, we did full gospel choir and just a quartet. When I started working with the LA Philharmonic, I was able to rewrite it for a big band and gospel choir. And we had four actors come in and recite the words—Wendell Pierce did Martin Luther King, Loretta Devine read Rosa Parks, Carl Lumley read Malcolm X and James Avery read Ali." A work of such cultural significance is exactly what one could expect from a man whose dedication to the music extends beyond his own remarkable playing.

Recommended Listening:

Joe Henderson—Lush Life: The Music of Billy Strayhorn (Verve, 1991)

Christian McBride—Gettin' To It (Verve, 1994)

Christian McBride—Number Two Express (Verve, 1995)

Christian McBride/Nicholas Payton/Mark Whitfield—Fingerpainting: The Music of Herbie Hancock (Verve, 1997)

Ray Brown/John Clayton/Christian McBride—Super Bass 2 (Telarc, 2000)

Christian McBride & Inside Straight—Kind of Brown (Mack Avenue, 2008)

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