Christian McBride & Inside Straight

Live at the Village Vanguard

Format: CD
Label: Mack Avenue
UPC: 0673203119222
Catnr: MAC 1192
Release date: 26 November 2021
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Label
Mack Avenue
UPC
0673203119222
Catalogue number
MAC 1192
Release date
26 November 2021

"...considering the qualities of the musicians it has of course become an extremely pleasant album to listen to. An extremely successful album, no fusion, no electronics, no free jazz, just fine jazz with a lot of swing and musical highlights!"

Rootstime, 20-1-2022
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About the album

There is no doubt that Christian McBride is one of the most versatile musicians on the scene today. His artistry has been documented in recordings and performances with the widest possible range of musicians in the most varied settings and genres one might imagine. While attending a show at the Village Vanguard in 2006, it occurred to McBride that he hadn’t played there in nearly 9 years, as he’d been touring the world over. In June of 2007, Christian returned to the Village Vanguard with a group consisting of Steve Wilson, Eric Reed, Carl Allen and a young vibraphonist whom he’d recently met, Warren Wolf. Due to prior commitments, Eric Reed could no longer be in the group, but pianist Peter Martin joined the group immediately upon the release of Christian McBride & Inside Straight’s first Mack Avenue recording, Kind of Brown, and Peter’s been in the piano chair ever since.

The Village Vanguard has been McBride’s home for one to two weeks every December. Although many iterations of his groups have played there, Inside Straight was birthed at the Village Vanguard. This particular set was recorded in December of 2014. McBride’s Trio also recorded at the Vanguard and the GRAMMY® nominated CD/LP was released in September 2015.

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...considering the qualities of the musicians it has of course become an extremely pleasant album to listen to. An extremely successful album, no fusion, no electronics, no free jazz, just fine jazz with a lot of swing and musical highlights!
Rootstime, 20-1-2022

McBride, as always, is strong-fingered and nimble, attaining a remarkable variety of tonal colorations while maintaining his rhythmic sureness even as he bends, twists, and contorts the tunes’ metric structures to his own ends: a paradigm of unforced, unselfconscious virtuosity.
Jazztimes, 15-12-2021

The music as a whole swings and grooves, impressing with its unity and its wonderfully flowing and stirring melodies.
KultKomplott, 29-11-2021

The themes are sometimes put down with some impatience, after which McBride and percussionist Carl Allen go like animals swinging and the soloists appear one by one like little thumbs from a box.
jazzflits, 15-11-2021

It swings from start to finish with a special note for the boiling “Stick & Move”
Jazzmania, 15-11-2021

It swings from start to finish
Jazzhalo, 12-11-2021

From the "Fair hope theme"..... one can hardly get enough. But Wilson's "Ms. Angelou"..... shines and shimmers like something out of this world.
Jazzthing, 01-11-2021

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