Christian McBride Trio Live At The Village Vanguard on 180g 2LP + Download
It is fitting that four-time Grammy Award-winning Christian McBride would eventually record at the Village Vanguard, the most hallowed and historical nightclub in jazz: an underground Mount Olympus where the gods and titans of the music – from John Coltrane to Bill Evans – have cast their syncopated spells. "You can literally feel the ghosts of all of the legends that played there," McBride says. "You feel Coltrane hovering in the vortex. You feel Monk hovering in the vortex. Miles Davis, Mingus...you feel all of that in the air."
And with his new Mack Avenue Records album, Christian McBride Trio: Live at the Village Vanguard, you can feel and hear McBride in the same air, with his magnificent trio, which features drummer Ulysses Owens, Jr. and pianist Christian Sands. They swing and swoon on nine tracks of originals, jazz standards and some surprise R&B/pop selections. This record is the fruit of McBride's long association with the Vanguard, where his first appearance as a leader for the historic club was in 1995.