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Album Review

On a large scale, there is no denying that music can move masses of people to assert themselves and establish a particular vision that will benefit many for years to come. With the release of Sci-Fi, the highly acclaimed bassist Christian McBride has established another great realm of music for his fans to explore. Accompanied by the dynamic Ron Blake on tenor and soprano sax, Shedrick Mitchell on piano and Fender Rhodes, the great Herbie Hancock on piano, Rodney Green on drums, David Gilmore on electric and acoustic guitar, Dianne Reeves giving great vocalese on "Lullaby for a Ladybug," James Carter on bass clarinet, and the exciting Toots Thielemans on harmonica, listeners will soon discover that the jazz galaxy will never be the same. The acoustic fusion and thematic sound concept for the CD settled in after McBride wrote "Science Fiction" and discovered it made a great nucleus for the CD. Featured selections include McBride's brilliant arrangements of masterworks by Stanley Clarke, Sting, Jaco Pastorius, and Steely Dan as well as seven original compositions by the versatile leader. Flawless piano grace from Herbie Hancock on "Xerxes" and "Lullaby for a Ladybug" and McBride's Fender Rhodes work throughout is a listen to behold. Particularly, the conversation between McBride's double bass and Carter's bass clarinet on "Walking on the Moon" shouldn't be missed. Sci-Fi is a seminal work by seminal artists and may very well be considered one of the most essential jazz recordings of the 21st century.

Customer Reviews

Great album!!! McBride pulls it off w/ beautiful melodies and intricate arrangements

This is one of my favorite albums. I listen to it all of the time. Three favorites would have to be "Xerxes," "Lullaby for a Ladybug," and "Aja." McBrides playing on all of the tunes is flawless and Herbie Hancocks solos on both "Xerxes" and "Lullaby for a Ladybug," are absolutely amazing as always he kicks butt. As a saxophone player/jazz composer and arranger this album is inspiring. Christian McBride definitely knows his stuff.

Science Fiction a Reality!

Not only does Christian McBride know how to compose, arrange and, of course, play his a** off, but he shows a real talent for assembling,... well, talent! One of my favorite guitarists of all time, David Gilmour turns a nice trick here, showing off his depth and range. Ron Blake and James Carter are amazing players, and Herbie Hancock's contributions need no explanation. For jazz lovers who enjoy thoughtful, rich, complex and layered music, this is for you. A definite must for your collection!


Born: May 31, 1972 in Philadelphia, PA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Nearly everyone's favorite acoustic bassist to emerge in the 1990s, Christian McBride's large sound and expertise, both with plucked and bowed solos, recall Ray Brown and particularly Paul Chambers. He actually started on electric bass when he was eight and took R&B gigs in high school, but by then he was getting more interested in jazz and playing the acoustic bass. McBride studied at Juilliard (starting in 1989) and then played briefly in the bands of Bobby Watson, Benny Golson, Roy Hargrove, and...
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