Out Here

Album Review of Out Here by Christian McBride Trio.

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Out Here

Christian McBride Trio

Out Here by Christian McBride Trio

Release Date: Aug 6, 2013
Record label: Mack Avenue
Genre(s): Jazz, Standards, Post-Bop, Straight-Ahead Jazz

80 Music-Critic Score
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Out Here - Very Good, Based on 3 Critics

AllMusic - 80
Based on rating 8/10
80

Christian McBride's second studio album in 2013, Out Here, finds the adept bassist leading his trio through a jaunty, exuberant set of straight-ahead acoustic jazz. The album follows on the heels of his equally as appealing quintet album, People Music. However, where that album found McBride delving into the knotty post-bop sound of artists like '60s Bobby Hutcherson, Out Here is more of a classic standards album in the vein of works by Oscar Peterson and Duke Ellington.

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The Guardian - 80
Based on rating 4/5
80

Philadelphia-born bassist Christian McBride is joined here by storming new-star pianist Christian Sands and drummer Ulysses Owens Jr on a couple of originals and classics including My Favourite Things, East of the Sun (and West of the Moon) and Cherokee. His and Sands' opener, Ham Hocks and Cabbage, is an initially sly-walking and then explosive soul-jazz sermon fit to blow the roof off in a nightclub; Hallelujah Time is a gospel-pounding vehicle for Sands in scorching Oscar Peterson mode; and My Favourite Things turns from a prolonged hover around the riff into a tempo-stretched reworking of the melody. Jazz has been played like this for decades, but that doesn't stifle the cheers when experts like these go for it.

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The Independent on Sunday (UK) - 80
Based on rating 4/5
80

Philadelphia-born bassist Christian McBride is joined here by storming new-star pianist Christian Sands and drummer Ulysses Owens Jr on a couple of originals and classics including My Favourite Things, East of the Sun (and West of the Moon) and Cherokee. His and Sands' opener, Ham Hocks and Cabbage, is an initially sly-walking and then explosive soul-jazz sermon fit to blow the roof off in a nightclub; Hallelujah Time is a gospel-pounding vehicle for Sands in scorching Oscar Peterson mode; and My Favourite Things turns from a prolonged hover around the riff into a tempo-stretched reworking of the melody. Jazz has been played like this for decades, but that doesn't stifle the cheers when experts like these go for it.

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