Monday, May 27, 2013

Christian McBride - Straight Up and Straight Ahead With A New Trio Release!


Features Pianist Christian Sands and Drummer Ulysses Owens, Jr.,  Showcasing Swing, Blues and The American Songbook 

Out Here Marks Bassist's Second Album Release This Year, 
Following Inside Straight's Critically Acclaimed People Music

"His trio has its own chemistry, brisk and youthful." - The New York Times

"McBride never disappoints, and his latest band
like its predecessors, is worth seeking out." - JazzTimes 

"The bassist-as-bandleader is a fairly rare thing, with the torch being 
passed over the years from Charles Mingus to Ron Carter... and now to 
Philadelphia-born ChristianMcBride."  NPR "All Things Considered"

"Throughout his prolific career, he has stood for a particular 
 vision of excellence, deeply grounded in both the jazz tradition and a more generalized philosophy of groove." - Nate Chinen, JazzTimes

With Out Here, premier bassist Christian McBride's fifth recording on Mack Avenue Records, McBride introduces his latest working group: a trio, fully embracing (at the soon-to-be age of 41) his role as standard-bearer and mentor. Pianist Christian Sands and drummer Ulysses Owens, Jr. - both younger, emerging artists - have been performing with McBride's smallest group for about three years, honing their trio conception to a fine point of expressive depth and nuance with select performances around the world.
"It's a pretty diversified trio," says McBride descriptively. "The real core foundation is hardcore swingin,' blues and the American Songbook. Part of that is because Christian [Sands] is so well-rounded and willing to go to so many places, that I can't help but want to swing hard with him and Ulysses."
McBride, however, thought he'd never helm a jazz trio.
When he hit the jazz scene like a comet at age 17, McBride's huge, woodsy sound and precocious agility invited comparisons to the legendary bassist Ray Brown. The late jazz bassist was not only renowned for performing on classic jazz dates with modern greats from the 1940s onward, but also for his central role in trios led by Oscar Peterson as well as his own stellar trio ensembles afterward. Once McBride recorded with Brown as a member of the early '90s group Superbass, the association was bound to stick. He loved Brown as a mentor and father figure, but avoided leading a trio because of the inevitable comparisons.
Helming a trio was the furthest thing from McBride's mind - until an Inside Straight appearance in 2009 became a trio date due of the absence of saxophonist Steve Wilson and vibraphonist Warren Wolf. But instead of calling for replacements for two members of Inside Straight, he opted for expedience and played the gig with pianist Peter Martin and drummer Ulysses Owens, Jr..