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Anybody seen Christian McBride?

Discussion in 'Bassists [DB]' started by Rockinjc, Aug 31, 2001.


  1. Rockinjc

    Rockinjc

    Dec 17, 1999
    Michigan
    He is playing tonight at Heart Plaza in Detroit and I am trying to decern if it is a must see or what. It's a 90 mile drive for me one way, but the show is free.

    John
     
  2. Chris Fitzgerald

    Chris Fitzgerald Student of Life Staff Member Administrator

    Oct 19, 2000
    Louisville, KY
    I saw him play live in a trio with James Williams and Tain Watts. McBride was phenomenal....great energy, great groove, great solos, great EVERYTHING. If it were me and I had the time, I'd go.
     
  3. Monte

    Monte

    Jan 9, 2001
    New Albany, MS
    I'm with Chris; I saw him for the second time with that same group last year and loved it. BTW, I drove a lot further than 90 miles both times and never regretted it...
    OKC to Wichita = ~240 miles
    OKC to Talequah = ~200 miles

    Monte
     
  4. I've never seen him live, but I've various recordings of him - most recently with Gary Burton ("For Hamp, Red, Bags & Cal"), and I'm in awe of his playing. Great sound, fabulous groove, and very tasteful. If he were performing within 90 miles of where I live, I would be there like a shot! ...and the show is free? God! I'd be taking a bus full of my friends also... :> Go for it - man, you can't lose!!!

    - Wil
     
  5. Rockinjc

    Rockinjc

    Dec 17, 1999
    Michigan
    Y'all did it this time. I'm convinced. I'm going, but please don't try talking me into seeing Jimmy Smith on Saturday!

    John c
     
  6. Monte

    Monte

    Jan 9, 2001
    New Albany, MS
    Ah c'mon, If he is playing with Mark Whitfield ya gotta make that one too. Yeah, no bassist, but it'll swing you into bad health!

    Monte
     
  7. brianrost

    brianrost Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2000
    Boston, Taxachusetts
    A free show? Well, why not. If you like jazz, he's well worth seeing.

    Put another way, I'm paying about $60 to go see him with my wife and daughter (who also plays bass) in two weeks, and I've seen him twice before.
     
  8. Rockinjc

    Rockinjc

    Dec 17, 1999
    Michigan
    Christian Mcbride was good man! He did his own tunes and covered others including Steely Dan's Asia and some Jaco tune. He rocked in a grand way. Slow and pretty or fast and funky didn't matter it was all so fine. At one point I had to escort my date to the bathrooms and wound up waiting by the fountains under the big projection screen. It was kind of nice seeing my mans hands magnified to two meters across. I got schooled!

    john
     
  9. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    Presumably "Havona" as this is on the "SciFi" album - I would really like to see how he plays this!
     
  10. He is playing a few dates with Pat Metheny in a trio format...I have front and center tickets and I can't wait!! Not sure who I will be watching more...
     
  11. A bit far to catch that free gig for me!however,I have the next best thing.....
    "ALL THIS TIME" STING DVD / Christian Mc Bride does some GREAT Bass work.( highly recommended):D
     
  12. Norre

    Norre

    Jan 5, 2001
    Antwerp, Belgium
    I agree with Powermans .. "All this time" is really a great DVD!

    I saw McBride play live last year at the North Sea Jazz festival in Holland. He wasn't playing with his own band, (don't remember who he was playing with), but it sure was a great show!
    Although I must admit I was not really impressed with his "live sound". Of course, it could've been a lousy PA-man ...

    KN
     
  13. pedro

    pedro

    Apr 5, 2000
    Madison, WI.
    I've seen Christian twice. Once at the Richard Davis Bass Camp where he jammed with a pickup trio and blew a room full of world class bass players minds and the second time was with Roy Haynes. He plays with lots of attitude. Great show both times. Nice guy too.
     
  14. Sam Sherry

    Sam Sherry Inadvertent Microtonalist Supporting Member

    Sep 26, 2001
    Portland, ME
    Euphonic Audio "Player"
    Not to hijack a thread, but I've never run into this. Can you tell more, please?

    FWIW I thought that McBride's set with Pat Metheny was one of the bass-highlights of the 2003 Newport Jazz Fest.
     
  15. pedro

    pedro

    Apr 5, 2000
    Madison, WI.
  16. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    Yeah - it says the ages range from 7 to 18 years old! Which rules out a lot of us from attending!! ;)

    I must say that in Jazz education classes,workshops, events etc. that I have attended over here - there are very few young bass players - in fact I can only think of one under 20.

    Most seem to be like me and have played in rock/pop groups first and then decided that they would like to play Jazz later on - although I have met many young Sax,trumpet,flute piano players etc.

    I expect it's very different for "classical" musicians though?
     
  17. pedro

    pedro

    Apr 5, 2000
    Madison, WI.
    Bruce, my son attended Richard's bass camp for several years. Its a good camp with excellent clinicians. I never saw the stats but my guess is that the slight majority of the students are in a classical vein. The rest are jazz and electric players. (Jerry Jemmott does an excellent job with the electric bass players and it's an honor to be coached by a legend.)