Trombonist Steve Davis says he never strays very far from the blues, and he proves it with this fine album.
The important thing was the collective triumph of the band’s music, in a beautiful venue, with an audience that was alive to their every move.
As serious a musician as he is, and as virtuosic as he can be, the naturally extroverted Christian McBride knows how to entertain, a talent generously evident in this live performance.
The Temple University students in this fine big band homage to the late saxophonist/composer Jimmy Heath sound professional — tight and well rehearsed. They are joined by all-stars Joey DeFrancesco and Christian McBride.
Two pianoless quartets + two restless leaders = some of the best music of the last few years.
Inspired by their leader, bassist Christian McBride, the musicians in this big band always sound like they are having the times of their lives.
In this disc dedicated to black heroes of the Civil Rights Movement, Christian McBride insists that everyone must be free if any of us is going to be.
It’s an uncommon pleasure to see band members enjoy themselves the way Tip City did.
One of the distinguishing characteristics of this set is the smart, energetic, and ever-changing, relationship between bass and drums.
Vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater’s exuberance proved contagious in this performance featuring a remarkable group of jazz all-stars under the genial direction of bassist Christian McBride.