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A Family Affair

Christian McBride

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Hallelujah! Christian McBride is not one of those strait-laced, down-the-line neo-boppers after all. Here, the prodigiously talented young standup bassist proves that he is also an astoundingly gifted electric bassist, and that '70s-vintage funk and soul are every bit as close to his heart as '50s and '60s hard bop. On electric, McBride weaves inventive countermelodies around tenor sax Tim Warfield's lead lines, taking Jaco Pastorius' technique a step further in sheer speed and the ability to play really nasty funk patterns. The stylistic palette of the disc is much wider than anything McBride has done before as a leader, ranging from soul ballads (a lovely cover of Stevie Wonder's nearly forgotten "Summer Soft," Wonder-like vocals from Vesta on "...Or So You Thought") to powerful funk ("Brown Funk [For Ray]"), open-ended electric jazz-rock ("Wayne's World"), and yes, straight-ahead acoustic jazz grooving (on Sly Stone's "Family Affair"). Charles Craig excels on acoustic piano, Fender Rhodes, and Wurlitzer electric pianos; drummer Gregory Hutchinson fearlessly handles any stylistic curve balls that McBride throws at him; and guitarist Russell Malone and percussionist Munyungo Jackson turn up now and then. As produced by fellow polystylist George Duke, this is a most encouraging step out of the trap of lockstep bop for McBride.
© Richard S. Ginell /TiVo

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1
I'm Coming Home
00:07:01

THOM BELL, ComposerLyricist - LINDA CREED, ComposerLyricist - George Duke, Producer - Christian McBride, MainArtist

℗ 1998 Polydor Inc.

2
A Dream Of You
00:04:41

George Duke, Producer - Christian McBride, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1998 Polydor Inc.

3
Family Affair
00:06:42

George Duke, Producer - Christian McBride, MainArtist - Sly Stone, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1998 Polydor Inc.

4
Theme From Our Fairy Tale
00:06:59

George Duke, Producer - Christian McBride, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1998 Polydor Inc.

5
... Or So You Thought
00:05:42

George Duke, Producer - Christian McBride, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1998 Polydor Inc.

6
Summer Soft
00:06:41

Stevie Wonder, ComposerLyricist - George Duke, Producer - Christian McBride, MainArtist

℗ 1998 Polydor Inc.

7
Brown Funk (For Ray)
00:06:17

George Duke, Producer - Christian McBride, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1998 Polydor Inc.

8
Open Sesame
00:09:29

Robert Bell, ComposerLyricist - George Brown, ComposerLyricist - Dennis Ronald Thomas, ComposerLyricist - Claydes Eugene Smith, ComposerLyricist - George Duke, Producer - Christian McBride, MainArtist - Ronald Nathan Bell, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1998 Polydor Inc.

9
Wayne's World
00:07:31

George Duke, Producer - Christian McBride, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1998 Polydor Inc.

10
I'll Write A Song For You
00:04:51

George Duke, Producer - Philip Bailey, ComposerLyricist - Christian McBride, MainArtist - Stephen Devinney Beckmeier, ComposerLyricist - Albert Phillip McKay, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1998 Polydor Inc.

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Hallelujah! Christian McBride is not one of those strait-laced, down-the-line neo-boppers after all. Here, the prodigiously talented young standup bassist proves that he is also an astoundingly gifted electric bassist, and that '70s-vintage funk and soul are every bit as close to his heart as '50s and '60s hard bop. On electric, McBride weaves inventive countermelodies around tenor sax Tim Warfield's lead lines, taking Jaco Pastorius' technique a step further in sheer speed and the ability to play really nasty funk patterns. The stylistic palette of the disc is much wider than anything McBride has done before as a leader, ranging from soul ballads (a lovely cover of Stevie Wonder's nearly forgotten "Summer Soft," Wonder-like vocals from Vesta on "...Or So You Thought") to powerful funk ("Brown Funk [For Ray]"), open-ended electric jazz-rock ("Wayne's World"), and yes, straight-ahead acoustic jazz grooving (on Sly Stone's "Family Affair"). Charles Craig excels on acoustic piano, Fender Rhodes, and Wurlitzer electric pianos; drummer Gregory Hutchinson fearlessly handles any stylistic curve balls that McBride throws at him; and guitarist Russell Malone and percussionist Munyungo Jackson turn up now and then. As produced by fellow polystylist George Duke, this is a most encouraging step out of the trap of lockstep bop for McBride.
© Richard S. Ginell /TiVo

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