Jazz bassist Christian McBride has hit another milestone in his career with the release of The Good Feeling, his first full big band recording as a leader.
The 11-track album features large ensemble arrangements of his own songs as well as jazz standards like “Broadway,” “The More I See You” and “A Taste of Honey.”
McBride first got a taste for big band composing and arranging in 1995 when he was commissioned by Jazz At Lincoln Center to write a chart for “Bluesin’ in Alphabet City,” which was debuted by Wynton Marsalis & The Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra.
The arranging style on this album varies from classic to contemporary, with the bassist’s own “Science Fiction” taking on a modern edge, full of rich textures and complex harmonies.
As time allows, McBride plans on playing out with the band and hopefully keep the project going.
“I’m looking forward to writing more material,” he said, “and I’m really hoping to keep this concept ‘above sea level.’”
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The Good Feeling Track List:
- Shake ‘N Blake
- Brother Msiter
- When I Fall In Love
- Science Fiction
- The Shade of the Cedar Tree
- The More I See You
- I Should Care
- A Taste of Honey
- Bluesin’ In Alphabet City
- In a Hurry