CHRIS­TIAN MCBRIDE BIG BAND Bringin’ It ★★★★ Mack Av­enue

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - COR­MAC LARKIN

Chris­tian McBride won a Grammy the last time he re­leased a big band al­bum, and don’t bet against it hap­pen­ing again. One of the most swing­ing (and most in de­mand) bassists on the US scene, McBride be­strides the tra­di­tion ver­sus in­no­va­tion di­vide like a colos­sus and this slice of gor­geous­ness from his 20-piece orches­tra will sat­isfy pro­gres­sives and con­ser­va­tives alike. Tunes by Fred­die Hub­bard, McCoy Tyner and Wes Mont­gomery, as well as a cou­ple of stan­dards and McBride orig­i­nals, are deftly ar­ranged by the bassist him­self and played by a pow­er­ful New York big band, in­clud­ing pi­anist Xavier Davis, sax­o­phon­ist Steve Wil­son and vo­cal­ist Melissa Walker. Turn it up and feel that horn blast in your so­lar plexus. mack­av­

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