‘Conversations With Christian’
Bassist Christian McBride has spun out a diverse jazz career over the past 17 years. The albums issued under his own name explore hard bop, funk, fusion, and big band sounds. While his latest might appear to be a gimmick - duets with better-known artists - it is actually among his most inspired recordings. Stripped down to bare bones, the music focuses intently on McBride himself, something we’ve rarely heard (but for a track or two on some previous discs).