Christian McBride Big Band The Good Feeling
Release Date: September 27, 2011
Label: Mack Avenue
Christian McBride is a loquacious raconteur in addition to his finger-busting bass skills, though make no mistake about it - the only talk on this release is the musical kind two instruments make. Christian can converse with the best of them, as his Sirius/XM show will attest, though these conversations sit him down in the studio with a diverse array of guests for unexpected and often amazing results. The resulting duets lay bare skill and emotion in the visceral tradition of real jazz improvisation.
Angélique Kidjo, George Duke, Sting, Eddie Palmieri, Chick Corea and Roy Hargrove - along with the late masters Hank Jones and Dr. Billy Taylor - are among the guests. If you do really want to hear talking, check out Christian's free podcast series on iTunes and find conversations with nearly all of his esteemed guests and even a couple of video sessions.