He is one of the most soulful cats on the upright, and he swings like a mofo on electric!
As a bandleader, collaborator, and sideman, Christian McBride is among the most in-demand players on the planet. McBride’s expansive session and stage credits testimony to his multi-genre virtuosity; George Duke, Chick Corea, John McLaughlin, Sir Paul, Joe Henderson, Bruce Hornsby, James Brown, Joshua Redman, Sonny Rollins, Queen Latifah, Roy Haynes, Joe Lovano, Sting, Pat Methany, David Sanborn, and Diana Kral – just to cite a select few.
An educator, radio host, and multiple Grammy Award winner, to my ears, Christian’s most signature work as a leader is his sprawling Live At Tonic (2005) triple disc set wherein McBride and his partners, including DJ Logic, traverse funk to post-bop to hip-hop to rhythm and blues, to classic fusion.
Dig Christian’s rendition of the National Anthem on a Fender Jazz at Madison Square Garden before a New York Knicks game: https://youtu.be/Iu71RNL5ZZ4