592

Christian McBride & Inside Straight: Kind of Brown

John Barron By

Sign in to view read count
Christian McBride & Inside Straight: Kind of Brown
Bassist/composer Christian McBride is one of the most in-demand sidemen in the music business, having toured and recorded with the likes of Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Diana Krall and Sting. The Philadelphia-native has also made a name for himself as a daring leader, exploring both acoustic and electronic styles. For Kind of Brown, his premier date for the Detroit-based Mack Avenue Records, McBride introduces his new acoustic jazz quintet Inside Straight, featuring pianist Eric Scott Reed, saxophonist Steve Wilson, vibraphonist Warren Wolf, Jr. and drummer Carl Allen.

The elegant funk of the opening blues, "Brother Mister," allows Reed, Wilson and Wolf to warm up on a down-home groove set up by McBride and Allen. The breezy mood is then interrupted as McBride rips through the intro to Freddie Hubbard's up-tempo swinger, "Theme for Kareem." The ferocious post-bop vibe showcases the quintet's command of the modern jazz language with unrivaled technique.

Lyricism shines through on "Rainbow Wheel" and "Starbeam," two of McBride's more poignant compositions. The gospel vibe of "Used 'Ta Cha" is a spirited good time with fun, blues-based soloing from all, including a punchy bowed turn from McBride. "The Shade of the Cedar Tree," which first appeared on McBride's debut as a leader, Gettin' To It (Verve, 1995), moves elegantly from swing to Latin with soaring solos from Wolf, Wilson and Reed.

Reed's vivacious "Pursuit of Peace" has a straight-forward melody on top of an intricate bass line, creating a contrapuntal effect with plenty of soul. McBride's beautiful waltz tribute to the late pianist James Williams, "Uncle James," features an impressive melodic turn from Wilson on soprano saxophone. "Stick & Move" is a barn-burner of a blues ripe with juicy blowing. The go-for-broke attitude here is a highlight of the session.

McBride closes the disc with bow in hand on the standard "Where Are You?," done as a lovely duet with reed; a quiet close to a disc of utmost sophistication and virtuosity.

Track Listing

Brother Mister; Theme For Kareem; Rainbow Wheel; Starbeam: Used 'Ta Could; The Shade of the Cedar Tree; Pursuit of Peace; Uncle James; Stick & Move; Where Are You?

Personnel

Christian McBride: bass; Carl Allen: drums; Eric Scott Reed: piano; Steve Wilson: sax; Warren Wolf, Jr.: vibes.

Album information

Title: Kind Of Brown | Year Released: 2009 | Record Label: Mack Avenue Records

Watch

Tags

Shop Amazon

More

Read Blue Has A Range
Blue Has A Range
Steve Cardenas
Read BLIK
BLIK
Radio Bévort
Read Disturbed Nature
Disturbed Nature
Meerkat Parade
Read Chaos
Chaos
Julius Windisch Quartet
Read Chicago Waves
Chicago Waves
Carlos Niño / Miguel Atwood-Ferguson
Read Last Desert
Last Desert
Liberty Ellman
Read Catch Me If You Can
Catch Me If You Can
Jeff Hamilton Trio

All About Jazz needs your support

Donate
All About Jazz & Jazz Near You were built to promote jazz music: both recorded and live events. We rely primarily on venues, festivals and musicians to promote their events through our platform. With club closures, shelter in place and an uncertain future, we've pivoted our platform to collect, promote and broadcast livestream concerts to support our jazz musician friends. This is a significant but neccesary effort that will help musicians now, and in the future. You can help offset the cost of this essential undertaking by making a donation today. In return, we'll deliver an ad-free experience (which includes hiding the bottom right video ad). Thank you.

Get more of a good thing

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories and includes your local jazz events calendar.