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Christian McBride|But Who's Gonna Play the Melody?

But Who's Gonna Play the Melody?

Christian McBride & Edgar Meyer

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A bassist vital to the US jazz scene since the 90’s – partner of choice for musicians as notable as Joe Henderson, Joshua Redman, Roy Hargrove, and Pat Metheny – Christian McBride, alongside his frequent work as a sideman (on over 300 records to date), leads a rich career as a frontman, expanding upon his orchestral formations (from trios to big band) in varying registers. He encompasses a large palette of styles that are always deeply anchored in the foundations of traditional African-American jazz. This new record conceived and recorded in partnership with another bass virtuoso, Edgar Meyer, himself exploring other idioms and imagining other landscapes (from bluegrass to “crossover” classical), indisputably introduces a new perspective to the bassist’s rich discography.


Intended to feel like a conversation between friends, each speaking in a relaxed, playful tone, offering support through active listening in order for each to be able to “play their own melody” with full peace and security of mind, But Who’s Gonna Play the Melody? sounds like a charming and timeless departure into a world entirely dedicated to the bass. Applying their great virtuosity towards each melody, without ever veering into competitive territory, the two musicians, with an irresistibly natural sense of groove, never cease to seduce the listener through a repertoire that draws not only from jazz, but also from folk, classical music, bluegrass, and funk, making room for the kind of collective memory that goes beyond styles and generations. An album with no pretense other than the pure pleasure of playing music – authentically all-encompassing in the best possible way. © Stéphane Ollivier/Qobuz

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1
Green Slime
00:05:55

Christian McBride, MainArtist, AssociateProducer - Edgar Meyer, Composer, Producer, MainArtist - Todd Whitelock, MixingEngineer, RecordingEngineer, AssociateProducer - Kevin Edlin, AssistantEngineer - Chris Gold, AdditionalMixingEngineer - Chris Muth, MasteringEngineer - Eggbert Music/Hendon Music Inc (BMI), administered by Concord Music, MusicPublisher

(C) 2024 Mack Avenue Records II, LLC (P) 2024 Mack Avenue Records II, LLC

2
Barnyard Disturbance
00:04:43

Christian McBride, MainArtist, AssociateProducer - Edgar Meyer, Composer, Producer, MainArtist - Todd Whitelock, MixingEngineer, RecordingEngineer, AssociateProducer - Kevin Edlin, AssistantEngineer - Chris Gold, AdditionalMixingEngineer - Chris Muth, MasteringEngineer - Eggbert Music/Hendon Music Inc (BMI), administered by Concord Music, MusicPublisher

(C) 2024 Mack Avenue Records II, LLC (P) 2024 Mack Avenue Records II, LLC

3
Bebop, of Course
00:03:29

Christian McBride, Composer, MainArtist, AssociateProducer - Edgar Meyer, Producer, MainArtist - Todd Whitelock, MixingEngineer, RecordingEngineer, AssociateProducer - Kevin Edlin, AssistantEngineer - Chris Gold, AdditionalMixingEngineer - Chris Muth, MasteringEngineer - ToniChris Music (BMI), administered by Songs of Kobalt Music Publishing, MusicPublisher

(C) 2024 Mack Avenue Records II, LLC (P) 2024 Mack Avenue Records II, LLC

4
Bass Duo #1
00:05:15

Christian McBride, MainArtist, AssociateProducer - Edgar Meyer, Composer, Producer, MainArtist - Todd Whitelock, MixingEngineer, RecordingEngineer, AssociateProducer - Kevin Edlin, AssistantEngineer - Chris Gold, AdditionalMixingEngineer - Chris Muth, MasteringEngineer - Eggbert Music/Hendon Music Inc (BMI), administered by Concord Music, MusicPublisher

(C) 2024 Mack Avenue Records II, LLC (P) 2024 Mack Avenue Records II, LLC

5
Solar
00:03:59

Christian McBride, MainArtist, AssociateProducer - Miles Davis, Composer - Edgar Meyer, Producer, MainArtist - Todd Whitelock, MixingEngineer, RecordingEngineer, AssociateProducer - Kevin Edlin, AssistantEngineer - Chris Gold, AdditionalMixingEngineer - Chris Muth, MasteringEngineer - Prestige Music Co./Bike Music (BMI), administered by Concord Music, MusicPublisher

(C) 2024 Mack Avenue Records II, LLC (P) 2024 Mack Avenue Records II, LLC

6
Canon
00:04:33

Christian McBride, MainArtist, AssociateProducer - Edgar Meyer, Composer, Producer, MainArtist - Todd Whitelock, MixingEngineer, RecordingEngineer, AssociateProducer - Kevin Edlin, AssistantEngineer - Chris Gold, AdditionalMixingEngineer - Chris Muth, MasteringEngineer - Eggbert Music/Hendon Music Inc (BMI), administered by Concord Music, MusicPublisher

(C) 2024 Mack Avenue Records II, LLC (P) 2024 Mack Avenue Records II, LLC

7
Philly Slop
00:03:25

Christian McBride, Composer, MainArtist, AssociateProducer - Edgar Meyer, Producer, MainArtist - Todd Whitelock, MixingEngineer, RecordingEngineer, AssociateProducer - Kevin Edlin, AssistantEngineer - Chris Gold, AdditionalMixingEngineer - Chris Muth, MasteringEngineer - ToniChris Music (BMI), administered by Songs of Kobalt Music Publishing, MusicPublisher

(C) 2024 Mack Avenue Records II, LLC (P) 2024 Mack Avenue Records II, LLC

8
Interlude #1
00:01:55

Christian McBride, MainArtist, AssociateProducer - Edgar Meyer, Composer, Producer, MainArtist - Todd Whitelock, MixingEngineer, RecordingEngineer, AssociateProducer - Kevin Edlin, AssistantEngineer - Chris Gold, AdditionalMixingEngineer - Chris Muth, MasteringEngineer - Eggbert Music/Hendon Music Inc (BMI), administered by Concord Music, MusicPublisher

(C) 2024 Mack Avenue Records II, LLC (P) 2024 Mack Avenue Records II, LLC

9
FRB 2DB
00:04:18

Christian McBride, MainArtist, AssociateProducer - Edgar Meyer, Composer, Producer, MainArtist - Todd Whitelock, MixingEngineer, RecordingEngineer, AssociateProducer - Kevin Edlin, AssistantEngineer - Chris Gold, AdditionalMixingEngineer - Chris Muth, MasteringEngineer - Eggbert Music/Hendon Music Inc (BMI), administered by Concord Music, MusicPublisher

(C) 2024 Mack Avenue Records II, LLC (P) 2024 Mack Avenue Records II, LLC

10
Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered
00:06:01

Christian McBride, MainArtist, AssociateProducer - Richard Rodgers, Composer - Lorenz Hart, Composer - Edgar Meyer, Producer, MainArtist - Todd Whitelock, MixingEngineer, RecordingEngineer, AssociateProducer - Kevin Edlin, AssistantEngineer - Williamson Music Co. (ASCAP), MusicPublisher - Chris Gold, AdditionalMixingEngineer - Chris Muth, MasteringEngineer - Administered By Concord Music, MusicPublisher - Lorenz Hart Publishing Co. (ASCAP), MusicPublisher - administered by WC Music Corp., MusicPublisher

(C) 2024 Mack Avenue Records II, LLC (P) 2024 Mack Avenue Records II, LLC

11
Bass Duo #2
00:06:08

Christian McBride, MainArtist, AssociateProducer - Edgar Meyer, Composer, Producer, MainArtist - Todd Whitelock, MixingEngineer, RecordingEngineer, AssociateProducer - Kevin Edlin, AssistantEngineer - Chris Gold, AdditionalMixingEngineer - Chris Muth, MasteringEngineer - Eggbert Music/Hendon Music Inc (BMI), administered by Concord Music, MusicPublisher

(C) 2024 Mack Avenue Records II, LLC (P) 2024 Mack Avenue Records II, LLC

12
Lullaby for a Ladybug
00:05:05

Christian McBride, Composer, MainArtist, AssociateProducer - Edgar Meyer, Producer, MainArtist - Todd Whitelock, MixingEngineer, RecordingEngineer, AssociateProducer - Kevin Edlin, AssistantEngineer - Chris Gold, AdditionalMixingEngineer - Chris Muth, MasteringEngineer - ToniChris Music (BMI), administered by Songs of Kobalt Music Publishing, MusicPublisher

(C) 2024 Mack Avenue Records II, LLC (P) 2024 Mack Avenue Records II, LLC

13
Days of Wine and Roses
00:05:35

Christian McBride, MainArtist, AssociateProducer - Henry Mancini, Composer - Edgar Meyer, Producer, MainArtist - Todd Whitelock, MixingEngineer, RecordingEngineer, AssociateProducer - Kevin Edlin, AssistantEngineer - Chris Gold, AdditionalMixingEngineer - Chris Muth, MasteringEngineer - WC Music Group (ASCAP), MusicPublisher

(C) 2024 Mack Avenue Records II, LLC (P) 2024 Mack Avenue Records II, LLC

14
Interlude #2
00:01:45

Christian McBride, MainArtist, AssociateProducer - Edgar Meyer, Composer, Producer, MainArtist - Todd Whitelock, MixingEngineer, RecordingEngineer, AssociateProducer - Kevin Edlin, AssistantEngineer - Chris Gold, AdditionalMixingEngineer - Chris Muth, MasteringEngineer - Eggbert Music/Hendon Music Inc (BMI), administered by Concord Music, MusicPublisher

(C) 2024 Mack Avenue Records II, LLC (P) 2024 Mack Avenue Records II, LLC

15
Tennessee Blues
00:04:02

Christian McBride, MainArtist, AssociateProducer - Edgar Meyer, Producer, MainArtist - Bill Monroe, Composer - Todd Whitelock, MixingEngineer, RecordingEngineer, AssociateProducer - Kevin Edlin, AssistantEngineer - Chris Gold, AdditionalMixingEngineer - Chris Muth, MasteringEngineer - Bill Monroe Music/Music of Evergreen (BMI), administered by BMG Rights Management US LLC, MusicPublisher

(C) 2024 Mack Avenue Records II, LLC (P) 2024 Mack Avenue Records II, LLC

Album review

A bassist vital to the US jazz scene since the 90’s – partner of choice for musicians as notable as Joe Henderson, Joshua Redman, Roy Hargrove, and Pat Metheny – Christian McBride, alongside his frequent work as a sideman (on over 300 records to date), leads a rich career as a frontman, expanding upon his orchestral formations (from trios to big band) in varying registers. He encompasses a large palette of styles that are always deeply anchored in the foundations of traditional African-American jazz. This new record conceived and recorded in partnership with another bass virtuoso, Edgar Meyer, himself exploring other idioms and imagining other landscapes (from bluegrass to “crossover” classical), indisputably introduces a new perspective to the bassist’s rich discography.


Intended to feel like a conversation between friends, each speaking in a relaxed, playful tone, offering support through active listening in order for each to be able to “play their own melody” with full peace and security of mind, But Who’s Gonna Play the Melody? sounds like a charming and timeless departure into a world entirely dedicated to the bass. Applying their great virtuosity towards each melody, without ever veering into competitive territory, the two musicians, with an irresistibly natural sense of groove, never cease to seduce the listener through a repertoire that draws not only from jazz, but also from folk, classical music, bluegrass, and funk, making room for the kind of collective memory that goes beyond styles and generations. An album with no pretense other than the pure pleasure of playing music – authentically all-encompassing in the best possible way. © Stéphane Ollivier/Qobuz

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