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Conversations with Christian

Christian McBride

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Conversations with Christian is an unusual release, as it features the veteran bassist playing duets with a number of good friends. The vocal meetings include Angélique Kidjo, Sting, and Dee Dee Bridgewater (the latter with a hilarious, funky cover of the Isley Brothers' signature song "It's Your Thing"). The pairings with musicians of McBride's generation (trumpeter Roy Hargrove, tenor saxophonist Ron Blake, and guitarist Russell Malone) all exceed expectations. There are several enjoyable duets with pianists, one featuring Latin jazz master Eddie Palmieri, a duo improvised tango by Chick Corea and the leader, plus an all too rare acoustic outing by the talented George Duke (who tears up the keyboard with his hard-charging "McDukey Blues"). But McBride's meetings with Dr. Billy Taylor (playing his beautiful "Spiritual" with some potent arco playing by the bassist) and the elegant, swinging meeting with the gifted jazz master Hank Jones ("Alone Together") remain moments to savor, as they are among the final recordings by the two jazz greats, both of whom died in 2010. The last track is a funky blues just for laughs, with actress Gina Gershon joining the bassist by playing a Jew's harp, and featuring lots of comic spoken exchanges between the two. Throughout it all, Christian McBride plays with the chameleon-like adaptability of a Milt Hinton or Ray Brown. In the two-plus decades since arriving on the jazz scene, Christian McBride has demonstrated that he is a jazz master in the making, and this is easily one of his most compelling sets.
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1
Afirika
00:04:21

Jean Hebrail, Composer - Christian McBride, Producer, MainArtist - Angelique Kidjo, Composer, FeaturedArtist - Ayeile Music Inc./Spirit Two Music (ASCAP), MusicPublisher

(C) 2011 The McBride Company, Inc., under exclusive license to Mack Avenue Records II, LLC (P) 2011 The McBride Company, Inc., under exclusive license to Mack Avenue Records II, LLC

2
Fat Bach and Greens
00:04:40

J.S. Bach, Composer - Regina Carter, FeaturedArtist - Christian McBride, Producer, MainArtist - Tonichris Music (BMI), MusicPublisher - Ishfahan Publishing (ASCAP), MusicPublisher

(C) 2011 The McBride Company, Inc., under exclusive license to Mack Avenue Records II, LLC (P) 2011 The McBride Company, Inc., under exclusive license to Mack Avenue Records II, LLC

3
Consider Me Gone
00:04:19

Sting, Composer, FeaturedArtist - Christian McBride, Producer, MainArtist - Magnetic Publishing Ltd/EMI Blackwood Music (BMI), MusicPublisher

(C) 2011 The McBride Company, Inc., under exclusive license to Mack Avenue Records II, LLC (P) 2011 The McBride Company, Inc., under exclusive license to Mack Avenue Records II, LLC

4
Guajeo y Tumbao
00:06:18

Christian McBride, Producer, MainArtist - Eddie Palmieri, Composer, FeaturedArtist - Palmas Floribe/Bug Music (BMI), MusicPublisher

(C) 2011 The McBride Company, Inc., under exclusive license to Mack Avenue Records II, LLC (P) 2011 The McBride Company, Inc., under exclusive license to Mack Avenue Records II, LLC

5
Baubles, Bangles and Beads
00:05:21

GEORGE FORREST, Composer - Robert Wright, Composer - Christian McBride, Producer, MainArtist - Roy Hargrove, FeaturedArtist - Scheffel Music Corp. (ASCAP), MusicPublisher

(C) 2011 The McBride Company, Inc., under exclusive license to Mack Avenue Records II, LLC (P) 2011 The McBride Company, Inc., under exclusive license to Mack Avenue Records II, LLC

6
Spiritual
00:07:07

Christian McBride, Producer, MainArtist - Dr. Billy Taylor, Composer, FeaturedArtist - Duane Music (ASCAP), MusicPublisher

(C) 2011 The McBride Company, Inc., under exclusive license to Mack Avenue Records II, LLC (P) 2011 The McBride Company, Inc., under exclusive license to Mack Avenue Records II, LLC

7
It's Your Thing
00:05:09

O'Kelly Isley, Composer - Ronald Isley, Composer - RUDOLPH ISLEY, Composer - Dee Dee Bridgewater, FeaturedArtist - Christian McBride, Producer, MainArtist - Upchurch, Composer - EMI April Music (ASCAP), MusicPublisher

(C) 2011 The McBride Company, Inc., under exclusive license to Mack Avenue Records II, LLC (P) 2011 The McBride Company, Inc., under exclusive license to Mack Avenue Records II, LLC

8
Alone Together
00:05:32

Hank Jones, FeaturedArtist - Howard Dietz, Composer - Arthur Schwartz, Composer - Christian McBride, Producer, MainArtist - Arthur Schwartz Music Ltd./Bienstock Publishing Co./WB Music Corp (ASCAP), MusicPublisher

(C) 2011 The McBride Company, Inc., under exclusive license to Mack Avenue Records II, LLC (P) 2011 The McBride Company, Inc., under exclusive license to Mack Avenue Records II, LLC

9
McDukey Blues
00:05:34

George Duke, FeaturedArtist - Christian McBride, Composer, Producer, MainArtist - Tonichris Music (BMI), MusicPublisher

(C) 2011 The McBride Company, Inc., under exclusive license to Mack Avenue Records II, LLC (P) 2011 The McBride Company, Inc., under exclusive license to Mack Avenue Records II, LLC

10
Tango Improvisation #1
00:09:06

CHICK COREA, Composer, FeaturedArtist - Christian McBride, Composer, Producer, MainArtist - Tonichris Music (BMI), MusicPublisher - Crystal Silence Music (BMI), MusicPublisher

(C) 2011 The McBride Company, Inc., under exclusive license to Mack Avenue Records II, LLC (P) 2011 The McBride Company, Inc., under exclusive license to Mack Avenue Records II, LLC

11
Sister Rosa
00:06:38

Christian McBride, Composer, Producer, MainArtist - Russell Malone, FeaturedArtist - Tonichris Music (BMI), MusicPublisher

(C) 2011 The McBride Company, Inc., under exclusive license to Mack Avenue Records II, LLC (P) 2011 The McBride Company, Inc., under exclusive license to Mack Avenue Records II, LLC

12
Shake 'n Blake
00:05:37

Ron Blake, FeaturedArtist - Christian McBride, Composer, Producer, MainArtist - Tonichris Music (BMI), MusicPublisher

(C) 2011 The McBride Company, Inc., under exclusive license to Mack Avenue Records II, LLC (P) 2011 The McBride Company, Inc., under exclusive license to Mack Avenue Records II, LLC

13
Chitlins and Gefiltefish
00:06:43

Christian McBride, Composer, Producer, MainArtist - Gina Gershon, FeaturedArtist - Tonichris Music (BMI), MusicPublisher

(C) 2011 The McBride Company, Inc., under exclusive license to Mack Avenue Records II, LLC (P) 2011 The McBride Company, Inc., under exclusive license to Mack Avenue Records II, LLC

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Conversations with Christian is an unusual release, as it features the veteran bassist playing duets with a number of good friends. The vocal meetings include Angélique Kidjo, Sting, and Dee Dee Bridgewater (the latter with a hilarious, funky cover of the Isley Brothers' signature song "It's Your Thing"). The pairings with musicians of McBride's generation (trumpeter Roy Hargrove, tenor saxophonist Ron Blake, and guitarist Russell Malone) all exceed expectations. There are several enjoyable duets with pianists, one featuring Latin jazz master Eddie Palmieri, a duo improvised tango by Chick Corea and the leader, plus an all too rare acoustic outing by the talented George Duke (who tears up the keyboard with his hard-charging "McDukey Blues"). But McBride's meetings with Dr. Billy Taylor (playing his beautiful "Spiritual" with some potent arco playing by the bassist) and the elegant, swinging meeting with the gifted jazz master Hank Jones ("Alone Together") remain moments to savor, as they are among the final recordings by the two jazz greats, both of whom died in 2010. The last track is a funky blues just for laughs, with actress Gina Gershon joining the bassist by playing a Jew's harp, and featuring lots of comic spoken exchanges between the two. Throughout it all, Christian McBride plays with the chameleon-like adaptability of a Milt Hinton or Ray Brown. In the two-plus decades since arriving on the jazz scene, Christian McBride has demonstrated that he is a jazz master in the making, and this is easily one of his most compelling sets.
© Ken Dryden /TiVo

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