The Pace Report

Season 2011 Episode 09.14.11

The Pace Report: "Conversations With a Feelin' Good Bassist" The Christian McBride Interview

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Bassist and bandleader Christian McBride is about to release two of the most important music projects of his 25 years in the business. Mack Avenue Records is set to release “The Good Feeling” which is McBride’s debut with his big band taking music fans on ride that produced some of his most innovative and spine-tingling arrangements and compositions. The disc features guest musicians Ron Blake, Nicholas Payton, and vocalist Melissa Walker. Another important release is “Conversations With Christian” which is set for release this November. This disc is something that came as a brainchild from his XM Satellite Radio show which he’s hosted for many years. Throughout his many years as both a leader and sideman, McBride has interviewed some of the most prolific musicians in jazz, rock, soul, and hip-hop. So, he recorded music with some of the musicians from his conversations ranging from Regina Carter, Sting, and Roy Haynes. Also featured on the disc are sessions with the late Dr. Billy Taylor and Hank Jones. Christian has worn many shoes both in front and behind the scenes serving both as an artistic and musical director for jazz festivals all over the world, a master musician and clinician, radio show host, dedicated husband,and heading his own bands. He’s toured music icons ranging from guitarist Pat Metheny to Chick Corea and John McLaughlin. McBride is one of the most requested bassists in jazz. The Philadelphia native boasts that “the bass was in his blood!” His father is bassist Lee Smith who backed the legendary Mongo Santamaria, to soul legends like Blue Magic and Brenda and the Tabulations. From the age of 8 years old the young McBride found his way both as a musician as well as spokesman for jazz. In addition to heading his group Inside Straight, this year he’ll also be playing some special dates with the Christian McBride Big Band. To order “The Good Feeling” or “Conversations With Cmoreless

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