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  • Christian McBride Trio: Sophisticated Lady

    Christian McBride Trio: Sophisticated Lady

    Christian McBride is one bad dude. Here’s a jaw-dropping video of his trio performing the Ellington standard “Sophisticated Lady” live at the Festival de Jazz San Javier in 2009. The bassist kicks things off with an extended solo take on the song’s melody before bringing in the rest of the band. McBride pulls out all... »

  • Chick Corea Trio Releases “Trilogy”, a 3-CD Set Featuring Christian McBride

    Chick Corea Trio Releases “Trilogy”, a 3-CD Set Featuring Christian McBride

    The live sound of keyboardist Chick Corea’s trio with bassist Christian McBride and drummer Brian Blade is what the group’s 3 CD set, , is all about. Recorded around the world as the trio toured, the live triple set features the group in performances recorded in Washington, D.C., and Oakland, CA; in Spain, Switzerland and... »

  • TSA Not So Bassist Friendly

    TSA Not So Bassist Friendly

    Apparently when traveling, no one is safe from the TSA. Jazz bass superstar Christian McBride took to Facebook to express his outrage after his bow was taken from his case on the way to a gig in Canada. “Now that it’s confirmed, I can tell you that good ol’ TSA confiscated (aka STOLE) my brand... »

  • Angelique Kidjo Releases “Eve”, Featuring Christian McBride

    Angelique Kidjo Releases “Eve”, Featuring Christian McBride

    The queen of African music and one of music’s most extraordinary bassists have joined forces. The record is Angelique Kidjo’s album, . She’s the queen, of course, and the bassist is Christian McBride, who has worked with everyone from Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock to pop/rock stars Sting and Don Henley. McBride is a longtime... »

  • Lynn Seaton and Christian McBride: “Blues in the Closet”

    Lynn Seaton and Christian McBride: “Blues in the Closet”

    It’s always a blast to see musical masters having fun jamming on a tune. Donovan Stokes sent me this video of Lynn Seaton and Christian McBride playing on the Oscar Pettiford song “Blues in the Closet” at the University of North Texas, where Seaton teaches Jazz Studies. The two bassists trade some of the tastiest... »

  • Christian McBride Releases New Trio Album, “Out Here”

    Christian McBride Releases New Trio Album, “Out Here”

    Christian McBride is keeping busy. The bassist has a new trio and they’ve released his second studio album of the year, Out Here. Joined by pianist Christian Sands and drummer Ulysses Owens, Jr., Out Here offers McBride’s smallest group in three years. “It’s a pretty diversified trio,” McBride says. “The real core foundation is hardcore... »

  • Michael Dease Releases “Coming Home”, Featuring Christian McBride

    Michael Dease Releases “Coming Home”, Featuring Christian McBride

    Trombonist Michael Dease has released his fifth album as a leader, entitled Coming Home. The 11-track release showcases the jazz side of his upbringing in Augusta, Georgia with a healthy mix of standards and original tunes. Dease recruited bass legend Christian McBride to anchor the album, citing his tastefulness and virtuosic playing. “Everything he plays... »

  • Christian McBride & Inside Straight Releases “People Music”

    Christian McBride & Inside Straight Releases “People Music”

    Christian McBride makes his return with Inside Straight today with the release of People Music. The album comes nearly four years after the group’s debut, Kind of Brown. The new album finds the quintet in hard-swing mode, delivering what they call “more road-tested, ‘lived-in’ Inside Straight” in an accessible way, and one that makes the... »

  • Herbie Hancock with Christian McBride: Watermelon Man

    Herbie Hancock with Christian McBride: Watermelon Man

    There’s just no way to describe just how epic Christian McBride is on bass. This video does him justice though. Herbie Hancock was featured on Elvis Costello’s “Spectacle” TV show back in February 2009. As part of the show, Herbie took the stage with McBride and drummer Karriem Riggins and performed “Watermelon Man”. Things get... »

  • Christian McBride Trio: Cherokee

    Christian McBride Trio: Cherokee

    My buddy Andrew shared this on Facebook with the caption “Sweet Sassy Molassy,” and I couldn’t put it better myself. Here’s bass master Christian McBride with pianist Christian Sands and drummer Ulysses Owens ripping through the jazz standard “Cherokee”. The recording starts on the bridge, which the trio drops into a cool waltz feel as... »