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Out Here is McBride s 11th recording as a leader. Since the early 1990s he has recorded on over 300 dates as a sideman. Aside from relatively recent travels with Pat Metheny; Chick Corea, Roy Haynes,
John McLaughlin and Kenny Garrett; the Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour 55th Anniversary; and residencies and artistic leadership roles with organizations ranging from New York s 92nd St. Y and
Jazz House Kids to NJPAC, McBride has toured consistently for several years with his own quintet, Inside Straight. He also fronts the Christian McBride Big Band, whose Mack Avenue recording, The Good Feeling, won the GRAMMY® Award for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album in 2012 his third GRAMMY win overall.
With Sands and Owens, McBride exhales with relief since they play the full spectrum of the music at will. Out Here opens with Ham Hocks and Cabbage, a flowing, feel-good, down-home blues with intro by Sands and melody by McBride. Oscar Peterson s Hallelujah Time is a praise song to the divine taken up-tempo, with rejoicing solo turns by McBride on bow; and Sands, who trades eights with Owens before the trio closes with panache. An even faster tempo emboldens their reenactment of the Ahmad Jamal trio arrangement of Cherokee, alternating a waltz tempo with jet-speed precision rarely attempted since the glory days of bebop. Owens especially shines here, demonstrating a range of brush and stick work worthy of envy.
McBride s talent and mark on the music scene transcend genre, so he s no longer under Ray Brown s shadow. And on this recording, his trio hits a jazz sweet spot. For listeners of Out Here, the result is music for the soul.
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for Christian McBride, as the celebrated bassist- jazz celebrity have delivered two
outstanding jazz albums which explored fresh new music landscapes as he again
demonstrated his multi-faceted creativity to quite an astonishing effect. Alongside
the highly praised disc People Music, he would give us Out Here—a mesmerizing
and richly-textured trio disc where he is joined by two rising young jazz musicians
—aspiring pianist Christian Sands and drummer Ulysses Owens, Jr—in which the
three jazz players sported a memorable CD cover ‘featuring them in the middle of
nowhere figuring out a way on what they can put in their music’. Beginning on the
sly funky easy-going McBride-penned composition Ham Hocks And Cabbage, the
track set then conclude swiftly on high octane versions of classic standards, like a
roaring take of Oscar Peterson’s Hallelujah Time, their wild fast trio version of Ray
Nobile’s Cherokee, I Guess I’ll Have To Forget—truly another original classic from
McBride, I Have Dreamed (another great composition from McBride himself), East
Of The Sun (And West Of The Moon) and a rousing finale take on Johnny Taylor’s
Who’s Making Love, which gives it the stunning spellbinding conclusion it deserve.
Out Here is a truly fascinating work of genius that is played with compelling artistry
and flawless interplay, in which McBride and the two younger cohorts serve up the
striking and fun array of great trio music which truly rock with sheer endeavor, one
that will be another timeless testament in McBride’s rich diverse legacy.
For the first in the past year or so I heard real mainstream jazz, and not from the great masters of the past, but rather from a contemporary trio. All three musicians are brilliant, solidly led by McBride. The disc includes nine well developed and thought through compositions, some of them are of eight or so minutes long. Their sound is profound for the bass, crisp for the drums and melancholic for the piano, as it should be. Finally, the cover of the CD looks really classy. In this kind of things, everything is equally important.
Congratulations to the whole production team!
contributing to the exciting repertoire in his own special way. I recommend this CD highly.
Check out his pianist, Christian Sands, too. He's another monster.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love this cd - had a chance to see the trio in person and just say awesomePublished 1 month ago by MAMBOCHICK
I love how Christian McBride mixes his Julliard classical training in with his jazz work. It really displays his unlimited talent. He also likes funk which is very apparent. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Leonard Campbell
Swings in all the right places. Christian Sans is an amazing young pianist and Christian McBride is probably the best jazz bassist around. Everyone on this one is playing great.Published 8 months ago by D. Handy
Christian McBride and his trio are a great way to relax and still be in a groove....excellent compositions and nicely paced selections on this CD.Published 13 months ago by Botgreen
Fantastic straight ahead jazz tradition based album. Highly enjoyable, easy listen record. Got it on high resolution 24/96 PCM file from: http://mackavenue.downloadsnow.net.Published 13 months ago by Krzysztof Maj