Christian McBride Big Band – Bringin’ It review: Another gem from US bassist

Bringin’ It
    
Artist: Christian McBride Big Band
Genre: Jazz
Label: Mack Avenue

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.

Cormac Larkin

Cormac Larkin

Cormac Larkin, a contributor to The Irish Times, is a musician, writer and director