This cooperative music is deliberately international in instrumentation and personnel and theme, proffering its own characteristic, and often quite beautiful, mix of sounds.
Oscar Peterson always seemed at his best live, which is how we find the pianist in this beautifully recorded, newly issued set.
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.
There’s a pleasing variety in this collection, which serves up valuable music that might not have otherwise been heard.
Inspired by their leader, bassist Christian McBride, the musicians in this big band always sound like they are having the times of their lives.
Thanks to Octave and Mack Avenue Records, a significant section of pianist Erroll Garner’s storied career is back, sounding better than ever before.
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.
Octave is issuing twelve sessions (“newly restored and expanded”) of Erroll Garner material from the ’60s and ’70s, when the popular pianist was at the height of his career.
One of the distinguishing characteristics of this set is the smart, energetic, and ever-changing, relationship between bass and drums.
Why this team up? Other than that both Luciana Souza and the Yellowjackets have been nominated for multiple Grammys?