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A Family Affair

Christian McBrideAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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listen  1. I'm Coming Home 7:01Album Only
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listen  3. Family Affair 6:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Theme From Our Fairy Tale 6:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. ... Or So You Thought 5:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  7. Brown Funk (For Ray) 6:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Open Sesame 9:29Album Only
listen  9. Wayne's World 7:32Album Only
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 11, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • ASIN: B000009QU1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,840 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

On his third outing as a bandleader, Christian McBride exhibits the skills that make him one of finest young bassists in jazz. Produced by George Duke and accompanied by Tim Warfield on tenor saxophone, Charles Craig on keyboards, and Greg Hutchinson on drums, McBride indulges in a mixed bag of styles. Jumping from straight-ahead jazz to funk and '70s soul classics, McBride's imposing ability unifies his diverse musical repertoire. Playing both acoustic and electric bass with equal aplomb, he indulges in fusion instrumentals and sweet jazz ballads. Vocalists Will Downing and Vesta contribute soulful vocals and McBride interprets familiar songs by Stevie Wonder, Sly Stone, and the Spinners. While occasionally venturing into the lite-jazz realm, there are plenty of vivid musical moments on this recording. --Mitch Myers

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album November 6, 2001
Format:Audio CD
This is a wonderful album mixing contemporary jazz and r&b. Two of the tracks are vocals, featuring two great R&B vocalists. Will Downing sings on "A Dream of You" and Vesta sings on "...Or So you Thought". Most of the tracks are originals, but there are a few r&b tracks, including a Stevie Wonder song that are given the jazz treatment. The first track "I'm Coming Home" is my favourite. It's got a great party atmosphere about it and you can't help but groove along. But the whole cd is excellent and I highly recommend it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable listen March 28, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
Ever since hearing Christian and his trio live in LA one night soon after he was "on his own," I've followed him closely. He's a great bassist, great straight-ahead jazzman, and a guy with a real musical feel (composing as well as playing numerous jazz styles). But I love this album because (1) it is so funky (Christian's an EW&F and James Brown fan), and (2) the variety of the album-a couple great vocal numbers (w/soloists) are included with the funky stuff. He's proven himself with the jazz world, and this album is just plain fun to listen to, regardless of your jazz preference.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album February 2, 2000
Format:Audio CD
When I bought this CD i thought it was ok because I really wasn't a jazz nut at the time but it really started to grow on me and really turned me onto jazz (traditional). "Waynes World" is a trully great impov. tune, even Miles Davis would be proud, while "Summer Soft" shows his jaco-esque type playing and "I'll write a song for you" showcases his talent for writing a beautiful song. This is one on my all time favorite albums. Thank you Christian McBride for changing my life.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I recommend this disc August 16, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
Christian is definitely an up and coming bassist. He already plays with great maturity and a great sound as you can hear on this album. He plays many different styles and ends with a beautiful acoustic duet entitled, "I'll Write a Song For You". Gregory Hutchison also lays down the beat very well as drummer in every style played.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Contemporary Jazz Sampler July 20, 2006
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Christian McBride as a bassist takes a back seat to nobody, including Ray Brown (to whom he includes a tribute on this album), Ron Carter, or even Jaco Pastorius.
The first track on the album, "I'm coming Home," is by far the most enjoyable. In R & B style, it features mainly tenor sax man Tim Warfield and eclipses 98% of everything I've heard in this style before. Not to say that Warfield impresses with pyrotechnics on this cut (as he does elsewhere), but the happy invitation to dancers to get out on the floor is irresistable. McBride's bass solo may be the best one using a bow that I've ever heard.
If all tracks on this CD were as fun as the first, the album would easily rate five stars. But I was not as disappointed with the rest of the CD as I was afraid I'd be. The title tune, third in order, was nice, and some of the other cuts were enjoyable, including the Will Downing vocal. Though he mostly sings ballads and is often heard on the so-called "smooth jazz" stations (which play too much music that isn't jazz at all), Downing's style is distinctive enough and his vocal work impressive enough to qualify him as a bonafide jazz singer.
Those hoping to hear George Clinton- or Bootsie Collins-style funk may be a bit disappointed, but if you can just take the "funk" cuts as they are, they are enjoyable enough. My biggest diappointment was with a couple of slow, backgroundy-sounding cuts that would fit right in on a "smooth jazz" station.
Overall, this is a good "starter CD" for those just getting into REAL contemporary jazz, as it features a diversity of modern styles.
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