Christian McBride

Conversations with Christian (MAC 1050)

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Conversations with Christian

Christian McBride

Mack Avenue


MAC 123760

MAC 1050



Conversations with Christian

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Although McBride’s leader and sideman c.v. includes no small number of pungent duos with various game-changers—to name two, McCoy Tyner and Jim Hall—he has heretofore refrained from devoting an entire recording to the genre. That discographical gap is now rectified with Conversations with Christian, on which the 39-year-old maestro places himself in the forefront of the flow on a duet apiece with “13 of my closest musical friends and cohorts”—singers Angélique Kidjo, Sting and Dee Dee Bridgewater; pianists George Duke, Eddie Palmieri and Chick Corea, as well as Dr. Billy Taylor and Hank Jones (who both passed away in 2010); violinist Regina Carter; trumpeter Roy Hargrove; guitarist Russell Malone; tenor saxophonist Ron Blake; and actress Gina Gershon. In the process, McBride unleashes the full measure of his already legendary skills, crafting as complete a portrait of his diverse interests—different vibrations of the blues and African-American church experience, bebop, the American Songbook, the Latin Tinge, the Freedom Principle, even comedy—as he has ever presented.

“I love and appreciate so many different styles and cultures,” he remarks. “Changing hats, going from one project to another, from a straight-ahead session to an R&B session to a pop session, has always fueled my activity. I try to put all those different sounds into one pot and make it a coherent, jazz-inflected sound.”

1. Afirika (Feat. Angelique Kidjo)   
2. Fat Bach And Greens (Feat. Regina Carter)       
3. Consider Me Gone (Feat. Sting)       
4. Guajeo Y Tumbao (Feat. Eddie Palmieri)       
5. Baubles, Bangles And Beads (Feat. Roy Hargrove)       
6. Spiritual (Feat. Dr. Billy Taylor)       
7. It's Your Thing (Feat. Dee Dee Bridgewater)       
8. Alone Together (Feat. Hank Jones)       
9. Mc Dukey Blues (Feat. George Duke)       
10. Tango Improvisation #1 (Feat. Chick Corea)       
11. Sister Rosa (Feat. Russell Malone)       
12. Shake And Blake (Feat. Ron Blake)   
13. Chitlins And Gifltefish (Feat. Gina Gershon)