Christian McBride & Inside Straight | Umbria Jazz

Christian McBride & Inside Straight

w/ Steve Wilson, Warren Wolf, Peter Martin, Carl Allen

Mon. 11 July - hours 17:00
Teatro Morlacchi
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Christian McBride & Inside Straight

Christian McBride is not only a double bass player of unparalleled virtuosity but is also one of the most respected and influential personalities in American music. Christian McBride has been present various times at Umbria Jazz in recent years and always with different formulas. This time, he comes to Umbria Jazz with Inside Straight, which recorded its third album last December - the first live one - recorded at the Village Vanguard. More even than the seven Grammys he has won to date, it is pretty impressive that, at 47, he has participated in the recording of more than 300 albums of all kinds. It means that people recognize and admire this extraordinary musician's monstrous technique and flexibility, at ease with both the double bass and the electric bass, but above all that natural musicality that makes seem easy things that are, instead, very difficult. If the double bass is the pillar on which the balance of any band rests, McBride is an absolute first choice. Among many, this has been the opinion of jazzmen like Freddie Hubbard, Sonny Rollins, J.J. Johnson, Milt Jackson, McCoy Tyner, Roy Haynes, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Pat Metheny, or stars of soul like James Brown, Chaka Khan, Isaac Hayes, Natalie Cole, and even pop stars like Sting, Paul McCartney, Carly Simon. You can also find Christian McBride’s bass in the hip-hop/neo-soul of The Roots, D’Angelo, Queen Latifah, and even in support of classical singers like Kathleen Battle. McBride is, however, first of all, a leader who writes and arranges excellent music, not just a virtuoso instrumentalist. An eclectic leader capable of leading minimal groups like the trio or more complicated formations like the big band, at complete ease in straight ahead acoustic jazz as in the more experimental formulas. _________________________________________________________________________________ Christian McBride & Inside Straight w/ Steve Wilson, Warren Wolf, Peter Martin, Carl Allen