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Christian McBride: The Movement Revisited

Christian McBride may be the host of NPR’s Jazz Night In America, but he won’t let the show feature him unless it’s for something special. That time came this month with a special episode on McBride’s monumental work, The Movement Revisited.

Inspired by the written words and speeches of Rosa Parks, Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali, Martin Luther King, Jr. and President Barack Obama, the piece is an insightful and soulful reflection on the Civil Rights Movement. It’s written for big band, gospel choir with soloists, and speakers representing four of the great figures from the movement.

McBride’s unbelievable bass playing ties the whole thing together (check out his duets with the speakers), but it’s a testament to his compositional prowess. This clip includes three songs – “Sister Rosa”, “Brother Malcolm”, and “Rumble in the Jungle” – with interludes of the bassist talking about issues in his home town of Philadelphia.


  • 1:52 – “Sister Rosa”
  • 13:40 – Christian talks with his mentor Lovett Hines
  • 15:22 – “Brother Malcolm”
  • 26:08 – Christian talks with his mother Renee McBride-Williams
  • 29:35 – “Rumble in the Jungle”