HAWAII NEWS NOW JAZZ LEGENDS SERIES:
Christian McBride's New Jawn
Bassist extraodinaire, composer, arranger, educator, curator and administrator, Christian McBride, has been one of the most important and most omnipresent figures in the jazz world for 20 years. Sometimes hard to believe, considering this man is barely in his 40s.
Beginning in 1989, this Philadelphia-born bassist moved to New York City to further his classical studies at the Juilliard School, only to be snatched up by alto saxophonist Bobby Watson. Since then, McBride's list of accomplishments has been nothing short of staggering. As a sideman in the jazz world alone, he's worked with the best of the very best -- Freddie Hubbard, Sonny Rollins, J.J. Johnson, Ray Brown, Milt Jackson, McCoy Tyner, Roy Haynes, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock and Pat Metheny. In the R&B world, he's not only played with, but also arranged for Isaac Hayes, Chaka Khan, Natalie Cole, Lalah Hathaway, and the one and only Godfather of Soul himself, James Brown. In the pop/rock world, he's extensively collaborated with Sting, Carly Simon, Don Henley, and Bruce Hornsby. In the hip-hop/neo-soul world, he's collaborated with The Roots, D'Angelo, and Queen Latifah. In many other specialty projects, he's worked closely with opera legend Kathleen Battle, bass virtuoso Edgar Meyer, the Shanghai Quartet and the Sonus Quartet.
In a stellar career that continues to showcase his remarkable talents as a consummate musician, McBride reached another milestone with the 2011 release of The Good Feeling, his first big band recording as a leader and newest release for Mack Avenue Records.
The repertoire on The Good Feeling features classic, staple tunes along with original McBride compositions -- the perfect balance and platform on which to showcase the band. Additionally the disc features tasteful renditions of "When I Fall In Love," "The More I See You" and "A Taste of Honey" -- all featuring exceptional performances by vocalist Melissa Walker.
Christian McBride - Leader/Bass
Josh Evans - Trumpet
Marcus Strickland - Tenor Sax
Nasheet Waits - Drums
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