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Conversations with Christian

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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Conversations with Christian is an unusual release, as it features the veteran bassist playing duets with a number of good friends. The vocal meetings include Angélique Kidjo, Sting, and Dee Dee Bridgewater the latter with a hilarious, funky cover of the Isley Brothers' signature song "It's Your Thing". The pairings with musicians of McBride's generation trumpeter Roy Hargrove, tenor saxophonist Ron Blake, and guitarist Russell Malone all exceed expectations. There are several enjoyable duets with pianists, one featuring Latin jazz master Eddie Palmieri, a duo improvised tango by Chick Corea and the leader, plus an all too rare acoustic outing by the talented George Duke who...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Conversations with Christian is an unusual release, as it features the veteran bassist playing duets with a number of good friends. The vocal meetings include Angélique Kidjo, Sting, and Dee Dee Bridgewater the latter with a hilarious, funky cover of the Isley Brothers' signature song "It's Your Thing". The pairings with musicians of McBride's generation trumpeter Roy Hargrove, tenor saxophonist Ron Blake, and guitarist Russell Malone all exceed expectations. There are several enjoyable duets with pianists, one featuring Latin jazz master Eddie Palmieri, a duo improvised tango by Chick Corea and the leader, plus an all too rare acoustic outing by the talented George Duke who tears up the keyboard with his hard-charging "McDukey Blues". But McBride's meetings with Dr. Billy Taylor playing his beautiful "Spiritual" with some potent arco playing by the bassist and the elegant, swinging meeting with the gifted jazz master Hank Jones "Alone Together" remain moments to savor, as they are among the final recordings by the two jazz greats, both of whom died in 2010. The last track is a funky blues just for laughs, with actress Gina Gershon joining the bassist by playing a Jew's harp, and featuring lots of comic spoken exchanges between the two. Throughout it all, Christian McBride plays with the chameleon-like adaptability of a Milt Hinton or Ray Brown. In the two-plus decades since arriving on the jazz scene, Christian McBride has demonstrated that he is a jazz master in the making, and this is easily one of his most compelling sets.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/8/2011
  • Label: Mack Avenue
  • UPC: 673203105027
  • Catalog Number: 1050
  • Sales rank: 31,870

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Afirika (4:21)
  2. 2 Fat Bach and Greens (4:40)
  3. 3 Consider Me Gone (4:19)
  4. 4 Guajeo Y Tumbao - Eddie Palmieri (6:18)
  5. 5 Baubles, Bangles and Beads (5:21)
  6. 6 Spiritual - Billy Taylor (7:07)
  7. 7 It's Your Thing (5:09)
  8. 8 Alone Together (5:32)
  9. 9 McDukey Blues (5:34)
  10. 10 Tango Improvisation #1 (9:06)
  11. 11 Sister Rosa (6:39)
  12. 12 Shake 'N Blake (5:36)
  13. 13 Chitlins and Gefiltefish - Gina Gershon (6:39)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Christian McBride Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Sting Composer
Johann Sebastian Bach Composer
Regina Carter Arranger
Chick Corea Composer
Howard Dietz Composer
Jean Hébrail Composer
O'Kelly Isley Composer
Ronald Isley Composer
Rudolph Isley Composer
Angélique Kidjo Composer
Christian McBride Arranger, Composer, Producer, Executive Producer
Eddie Palmieri Composer
Arthur Schwartz Composer
Mark Wilder Mastering
George Forrest Composer
Anthony Ruotolo Engineer
Traditional Composer
Raj Naik Art Direction
Billy Taylor Composer
Alex Venguer Engineer
Robert Wright Composer
Mat Lejeune Engineer
Gretchen Valade Executive Producer
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