Christian McBride’s New Jawn Releases Second Album, “Prime”

Christian McBride’s New Jawn: PrimeThe masterful Christian McBride has released a second album with his New Jawn quartet called Prime. Even without the use of a traditional chordal instrument such as guitar or piano, the band covers a lot of ground harmonically, melodically, and texturally. That’s no surprise, given the lineup of drummer Nasheet Waits, trumpeter Josh Evans, and saxophonist/bass clarinetist Marcus Strickland.

“I think that all of us are at our prime as musicians,” McBride says of the album title. “No, I’ll think positive – we’re almost at our prime.”

Together the quartet tackles original songs from each member as well as tunes by Sonny Rollins, Ornette Coleman, and Larry Young.

While there is a wide variety of sounds throughout Prime, each song seems to be imbued with an edginess, driving towards something deep within the musicians. Its opening track, “Head Bedlam,” begins as a free jazz frenzy before dropping into a heavy funk groove, making it part Eric Dolphy, part James Brown.

McBride throws down some fiery bass lines accented with powerful double stops to fill things out on the title track.

Christian McBride and New Jawn’s Prime is available now on CD, vinyl and as a digital download (iTunes and Amazon MP3).. McBride is currently on tour with the band with other project performances scheduled later in the year. See below for the full dates.

Christian McBride’s New Jawn: Prime Track List:

  1. Head Bedlam
  2. Prime
  3. Moonchild
  4. Obsequious
  5. Lurkers
  6. The Good Life
  7. Dolphy Dust
  8. East Broadway Rundown

Christian McBride Tour Dates:

Mar 21Minneapolis, MNDakota ~
Mar 22Minneapolis, MNDakota ~
Mar 23Chicago, ILConstellation ~
Mar 24Detroit, MIOrchestra Hall ~
Mar 28Geneva, NYSmith Center for the Arts ~
Mar 29Northampton, MABOMBYX Center for Arts and Equity ~
Mar 30Wilmington, DEArden Gild Hall ~
Mar 31Richmond, VAModlin Center for the Arts ~
Apr 1Knoxville, TNBig Ears Festival 2023 ~
Apr 4New York, NYDizzys #
Apr 19Jönköping, SwedenKulturhuset Spira *
Apr 20Ystad, SwedenYstad Theatre *
Apr 21Vara, SwedenVara Concert Hall *
Apr 22Stockholm, SwedenFasching Jazz Club *
Apr 22Stockholm, SwedenFasching ^
Apr 28Oakland, CAYoshi’s Jack London Square #
Apr 29Irvine, CAIrvine Barclay Theatre ~
May 5New Orleans, LANew Orleans Jazzfest #
May 12Scottsdale, AZScottsdale Center for the Performing Art #
Jul 17London, UKWigmore Hall ~
Jul 22Aspen, COJazz Aspen (with Edgar Meyer)
Nov 4Toronto, ONKoerner Hall #
Nov 9Zapopan, MXConjunto de Artes Escenicas #
Nov 11Mexico City, MXCentro Cultural Roberto Cantoral #

+ Christian McBride & Inside Straight
* The Movement Revisited
~ Christian McBride’s New Jawn
^ solo with Bohuslän Big Band

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