July 18, 2020 – 6:52 am

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Cheltenham 2018 [no label, 1CD]

Cheltenham Jazz Festival. Cheltenham Town Hall, Cheltenham, UK; May 6, 2018. Very good BBC webstream.

Jon Turney,

Seventeen players on the stand. Catchy hooks, grooves, and funk. An effortlessly charming master of ceremonies who also arranges, and leads from the bass. A well-drilled band, visibly enjoying their power to conjure that old-school sound, from ear-splitting riffs to velvet-cushioned swing. A clutch of stellar soloists: Marcus Strickland properly raucous on tenor sax; Brandon Lee on trumpet, bluesy on I Thought About You, fervently upbeat on an old Jazz Messengers theme; Xavier Davis on piano sparkling against the band backdrop almost everywhere.

Three powerhouse vocals from Melissa Walker (Mrs McBride). With help from a tasty alto sax obligato from Gabrielle Garo she almost manages to redeem A Taste of Honey as a jazz vehicle. Almost. The encore, as several previous numbers, features an absolutely jaw-dropping bass solo that has zero effect on the leader’s impregnable composure.

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Thanks to PsyKies for sharing the show at Dime.

Pictures by John Watson, posted at - Thanks!

BBC Radio 3 > 323kbps 48k HLS aac stream > ffmpeg > aac > Audition > FLAC
Captured live off air from the original BBC Radio Three broadcast during Jazz Now on May 14, 2018. Source was the BBC 48kHz HLS 323kbps aac internet stream.
Audition was used to increase levels by 6dB, move interview to start of show, track and convert to 16bit/44.1k FLAC. FLAC tagging done using mp3tag and fingerprints generated using TLH.

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Track 00. Interview 4:08
Track 01. Getting To It (McBride) 9:33
Track 02. Youthful Bliss (McBride) 8:10
Track 03. I Thought About You (Mercer) 7:00
Track 04. Thermo (Hubbard) 7:10
Track 05. In The Wee Small Hours (Hilliard) 4:54
Track 06. The Black Messiah Part 2 (George Duke) 11:09
Track 07. The More I See You (Gordon) 5:16
Track 08. Band intros 2:44
Track 09. In A Hurry (McBride) 12:51
73 mins

Christian McBride: bass/leader
Quincy Phillips: drums
Xavier Davis: piano
Melissa Walker: vocals

Brandon Lee
Frank Greene
Benny Benack III
Nabate Isles

Steve Davis
Michael Dease
James Burton
Douglas Purviance

Marcus Strickland tenor, flute
Gabrielle Garo alto, flute
Todd Bashore alto
Dan Pratt tenor, flute, clarinet
Carl Maraghi baritone

Click here to order Christian McBride releases.

  1. 12 Responses to “CHRISTIAN McBRIDE BIG BAND - CHELTENHAM 2018”

  2. Bravo! Stellar tunage. Hoping trolls too ignorant to dig this fine stuff and smudge this post. They get tiring. Luv to ya BigO!!!

    By oneL on Jul 18, 2020

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    By U L E on Jul 19, 2020

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    By george on Jul 19, 2020

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    By Ringo on Jul 19, 2020

  10. Big O - long time since a post. Many thanks for posting Christian McBride. He’s a great young Jazz Master who continues to bring jazz to new fans.

    By Bubbles on Jul 19, 2020

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    By U L E on Jul 19, 2020

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    By U L E on Jul 19, 2020

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    By U L E on Jul 19, 2020

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