Warren Wolf has friends in high places. For his third Mack Avenue Records release, 'Convergence,' the vibraphonist/composer of superstar bassist Christian McBride's Inside Straight quintet lets loose with a torrent of styles delivered by McBride, and his personally hand-picked all-star assemblage of pianist Brad Mehldau, guitarist John Scofield and Marsalis drummer Jeff "Tain" Watts. Still, it's Wolf's show.
'Hymn for the Happy Man' (Same Island) by sax man Dan Pratt is buoyed by the presence of bassist Christian McBride who seems to be everywhere at once these days. McBride plays here with an ever-charging enthusiasm and groove-laden bump that accentuates the proceedings and moves the music in directions unforeseen. He sounds hungry, as does the rest of the band.
Since its debut at the 2012 Detroit Jazz Festival, the Mack Avenue SuperBand's all-star lineup has undergone four incarnations with the latest being helmed by jazz bassist Christian McBride. Fresh from recording his new album, Out There, with his Christian McBride Trio, the celebrated virtuoso will be bringing the supergroup to Chicago for the Symphony Center Presents (SCP) Jazz series on Friday, February 19, at 8 p.m.
In 2012, Mack Avenue Records sent a good portion of its artist roster to perform together (many for the first time) at the annual Labor Day weekend Detroit Jazz Festival. It went so well, they've been invited back for the fourth straight year. Last year, bassist Christian McBride took over for fellow bassist Rodney Whitaker as Musical Director. The results can be heard on the new in-concert jam, 'Live From The Detroit Jazz Festival 2015.'
It's a Philly thing, man. It's also a family thing. For his 26th album, pianist Orrin Evans has formed his dream trio.
If you're like me (that is, by my passport photograph, sometimes labeled "a flight risk" by heritage) the TSA are a nightmare and a half when dealing with your valuables and sundries. A half tube of toothpaste is considerably "flagged" by the flight proctoring mongrols, and now I am foul-mouthed by the removal of it (literally).