Jazz CD of the Month: Christian McBride & Inside Straight / People Music / Mack Ave.
The new release from bassist and bandleader McBride is a straight-ahead affair with an acoustic group consisting of Steve Wilson on alto sax, Warren Wolf on vibes , Peter Martin on six of the eight tracks on piano with Christian Sands on the others. Carl Allen handles the drum duties on most of the session and Ulysses Owens Jr. filling in on two tracks.
The group chemistry is superb with everyone getting a chance to show off their improvisational brilliance. The tunes all have a nice flow to them no matter the tempo. Highlights include the opening track Listen To The Heroes Cry, the driving Gang, Gang and the contemplative Ms. Angelou, a salute to poet Maya Angelou, with an excellent solo by Steve Wilson who soars on soprano sax.
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