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Christian McBride & Inside Straight (US)

In 2007 Christian McBride premiered the birth of a new quintet called Inside Straight with a live set at the legendary Village Vanguard. Critics and fans alike raved about this acoustic powerhouse. McBride went on to release two albums of Inside Straight on Mack Avenue records, Kind of Brown (2009) and People Music (2013), dedicated to Mc Bride's vision of straight-ahead, hard-swinging jazz. After a hiatus of several years, Christian McBride brings Inside Straight back to stages in 2022 with a great new lineup and new grooving tunes for his eager fans.

Judging by its performance, the phrase "Inside Straight" captures this band's aesthetic well: It's both "inside" a comfortable groove pocket and "straight"-forwardly bluesy. McBride's choice of tunes can be harmonically tricky, but they never deviate far from song form and tonality; they're nifty exercises for a sophisticated and smart blowing quintet, a mix of veterans and young musicians that includes drums, saxopho...

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Line up:
  • Steve Wilson: alt sax
  • Peter Martin: piano
  • Christian McBride: bass
  • Warren Wolf: vibraphone
  • Carl Allen: drums

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