Christian McBride


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About Christian McBride

With his bold, swinging style and robust sound, Christian McBride is one of the foremost jazz bassists of his generation. Playing alongside Young Lions like trumpeter Roy Hargrove and saxophonist Joshua Redman, McBride came to prominence in the '90s, championed by elders including longtime idol and mentor Ray Brown. Early albums like 1994's Gettin' to It displayed his hard-swinging, acoustic post-bop sound, yet he proved his versatility and broad stylistic ear on 1998's Family Affair, embracing electric fusion, funk, and soul. Still, jazz remains his focus with his trio and Inside Straight quintet, showcased on 2013's Out Here and People Music, respectively. He has won more than five Grammy Awards, including three with his big band. He reunited with Redman's '90s quartet featuring Brad Mehldau and Brian Blade on 2020's RoundAgain and 2022's LongGone.

Philadelphia, PA, United States
31 May 1972

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