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Gettin' to It

Christian McBride

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Album Review

McBride had already made his name as an astounding bass sideman when he recorded his first album as a leader, which nailed him as another in the long line of mainstream-minded Young Lions. McBride would shed that tag within a few years when he brought forth his other interests, but for now he headed a series of three- to six-piece bands compromised mostly of somewhat older Young Lions similarly attached to tradition. They're in pretty good form, too — the tasty Cyrus Chestnut on piano, the growing trumpeter Roy Hargrove, big-toned tenorman Joshua Redman — and the more experienced trombonist Steve Turre and drummer Lewis Nash complete the personnel. McBride's big, rock-solid tone and melodic agility give his playing the properties of a horn — at 22, he was a mature master — yet his ideas as a leader were not yet as imaginative as his bass playing. One exception — and easily the most entertaining and musical track on the CD — is the birth on record of McBride's bass trio with mentor Ray Brown and veteran Milt Hinton in "Splanky"; you'd never guess that three unaccompanied bassists could make such sublimely enjoyable music. Another is the title track, whose funky tune and rhythm are audibly inspired by James Brown. Mostly, though, this is a promising but cautious debut. ~ Richard S. Ginell, Rovi

Customer Reviews

James Brown would dance to this....

Listening to the title track of this album would make you swear James Brown was about to slide onto stage and belt out one of his classic tunes. The groove of the bass line is unmistakably Brown in nature. The same could be said for the first track, In a Hurry. There's a great tribute to Freddie Hubbard, one of the trumpet masters of the Bebop era on here too. I love this album, and it takes you through a series of moods showing the depth of Christian McBride and his fantastic bandmates.

Biography

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,...
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Gettin' to It, Christian McBride
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  • $5.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: 1994

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