CHRISTIAN MCBRIDE TRIO| Live at the Village Vanguard

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Live at the Village Vanguard is the fruit of Christian McBride’s long association with the Vanguard, where his first appearance as a leader for the historic club was in 1995. In 2007, the bassist and charismatic club owner Lorraine Gordon started an annual one-week residency, which featured McBride’s quintet, Inside Straight. “Lorraine enjoyed my trio and my quintet, Inside Straight. We had such large crowds, so after a few years with such supportive audiences, we added an extra week. Instead of doing the same band for two weeks, I just started bringing in a different band. This has been an ongoing relationship that I look forward to maintaining as long as I can.”

As encouraging as this association was, McBride’s fear of being typecast as a Ray Brown clone almost caused this trio to not be. “I thought the very last thing I wanted to do was to put myself in a trio, because then I’ll never be able to shed the Ray Brown comparison,” he says. “And then one day I decided that that’s sort of a silly reason not to start a trio, if musically that’s what makes sense. There were a few gigs that [saxophonist] Steve Wilson and [vibraphonist] Warren Wolf were unavailable for, so I decided to play with the rhythm section. Peter Martin was playing piano and Ulysses Owens Jr. was playing drums. In 2010, Christian Sands started subbing for Peter in Inside Straight. So we started doing trio gigs and that’s how the group was born.”

Track List:
1. Fried Pies
2. Band Introduction
3. Interlude
4. Sand Dune
5. The Lady In My Life
6. Cherokee
7. Good Morning Heartache
8. Down By The Riverside
9. Car Wash
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