Remembering Ray Brown
w/ Benny Green & Russell Malone
Tip City Trio
More than a bass virtuoso and restlessly creative bandleader, Christian McBride is one of jazz’s foremost public intellectuals. An erudite and seemingly indefatigable force, he’s taken on a series of high profile positions running illustrious jazz institutions, like his 2016 appointment as artistic director of the iconic Newport Jazz Festival. Somehow he still finds time to work with half a dozen different bands, including the two trios on this double bill – both drummerless units with instrumentation that harkens back to the legendary trios of Nat Cole and Art Tatum. The recently formed Tip City features rising piano star Emmet Cohen and guitar innovator Rodney Jones, a Juilliard professor who spent years on the road with Dizzy Gillespie and Lena Horne. Made up of musicians who worked under the mentorship of bassist and jazz legend Ray Brown, the other band on the bill includes pianist Benny Green, who recorded nine albums with Brown in the late 1980s and early 1990s, and guitarist Russell Malone, who appeared on the bassist’s final recording in 2002. Together they pay tribute to the late bandleader and Dizzy Gillespie collaborator, one of McBride’s friends and greatest influences.
CHRISTIAN McBRIDE & TIP CITY
Christian McBride bass
Rodney Jones guitar
Emmet Cohen piano
REMEMBERING RAY BROWN
Christian McBride bass
Russell Malone guitar
Benny Green piano
In the quarter century since his arrival on the international jazz scene, bassist, bandleader, Grammy Award winner and Philadelphia native Christian McBride has performed and recorded with a staggering array of musical artists -- from Chick Corea, John McLaughlin and Kenny Garrett to Diana Krall, Herbie Hancock and Sting -- in addition to leading his own acoustic/electric jazz quintet Inside Straight and 2011 Grammy Award winning Big Band. McBride has also been at the forefront of jazz education, serving as artist-in-residence at the Monterey and Detroit International Jazz festivals and artistic director for various cultural institutions including the National Jazz Museum in Harlem and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
With Out Here, premier bassist Christian McBride's fifth recording on Mack Avenue Records, McBride introduces his latest working group: a trio, fully embracing at age 41 his role as standard-bearer and mentor. Pianist Christian Sands and drummer Ulysses Owens, Jr.—both younger, emerging artists—have been performing with McBride's smallest group for about three years, honing their trio conception to a fine point of expressive depth and nuance with select performances around the world.
"It's a pretty diversified trio," says McBride descriptively. "The real core foundation is hardcore swingin,' blues and the American songbook. Part of that is because Christian Sands is so well-rounded and willing to go to so many places, that I can't help but want to swing hard with him and Ulysses."