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Out Here by Christian McBride
Released: Aug 2013
Label: Mack Avenue Records
Here's a jazz trio album to beat a lot of others out on the market. Bassist McBride, heard to thrilling solo effect on "Cherokee" (among other tunes here) calls this "meat and potatoes" swing. And he's right: The sanctified progression of "Hallelujah Time" is home cooking done right. (Not that the track doesn't also have an idiosyncratic streak: just check the leader's nimble arco solo.) Give credit to the veteran's supporting cast: Drummer Ulysses Owens Jr. works equally well on numbers up-tempo and slow, while pianist Christian Sands announces himself as a force. A top release of 2013.
Seth Colter Walls
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