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Modern Big Bands: Christian McBride, Marshal Gilkes, Gerald Wilson, Brian Lynch and More

Read "Modern Big Bands: Christian McBride, Marshal Gilkes, Gerald Wilson, Brian Lynch and More" reviewed by Russell Perry

Since the early days of jazz, composers, arrangers, and players have sought out large ensembles for their potential for rich expression and vibrant musical color. Even in the heyday of small-group dominated bebop, Dizzy Gillespie formed a big band as soon as he could. To this day, while few bands can hold together as touring units, some find regular work in public radio, especially in Europe, some hold weekly residencies in a few major cities and, more frequently, a number ...

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Christian McBride, Matana Roberts, Chicago Underground Quartet and More

Read "Christian McBride, Matana Roberts, Chicago Underground Quartet and More" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

Each of February's shows will have some music recognizing Black History Month. The selected recording for 2020 is The Movement Revisited--A Musical Portrait of Four Icons, Christian McBride's epic, and you'll hear tunes from the album each week. This show also features Matana Roberts and Coin Coin Chapter IV -Memphis. The Chicago Underground Quartet is back in business with a new studio release, and two of England's, and the free jazz world's, iconic players have a new release as well. ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Christian McBride: Christian McBride's New Jawn

Read "Christian McBride's New Jawn" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

It's true that six-time Grammy winner Christian McBride hasn't been the new thing on the scene for some time now. Yet the gritty Christian McBride's New Jawn pops from the get-go with a zesty, youthful intensity and infectious enthusiasm. making his lifelong inquiry into jazz past, present and future a pure joy to listen to. On his first release for his Brother Mister Productions, a new imprint from his longtime label Mack Avenue Records, McBride turns away from ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Christian McBride: Christian McBride's New Jawn

Read "Christian McBride's New Jawn" reviewed by Chris Mosey

Christian McBride was looking for a new musical challenge. So he decided to form a band that would play without the use of chords. The bassist explains, “Every major group I've been a part of for the last ten years, whether it's been with Pat Metheny or Chick Corea, or my own projects, there's been nothing but chords. So, I wanted to see what happens if I just pull the chords out altogether." The result is Christian ...

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The Christian McBride Trio at the Tin Pan

Read "The Christian McBride Trio at the Tin Pan" reviewed by Mark Robbins

Christian McBride strode onto the stage of the Tin Pan in Richmond, VA. to announce that his regular pianist, Christian Sands, and drummer, Jerome Jennings, (refereed to as his younger brothers) could not be with him for their performance. He phoned a couple of his friends, (referring to them as his big brothers), to see if they could help him out and happily they could. That night's trio consisted of McBride on bass, Benny Green on piano and Lewis Nash ...

LIVE REVIEW

Christian McBride and Tip City at Village Vanguard

Read "Christian McBride and Tip City at Village Vanguard" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Christian McBride and Tip City Village Vanguard New York November 29, 2017 With a jovial toast to his band and the packed and boisterous Vanguard crowd, Christian McBride and Tip City began their first set as you'd expect they'd kick off their second, burning on all cylinders, each player locked in from the get-go and the audience raring to ride along with them. In a grand addition to his ever restless ...


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