Christian McBride, possibly our generations most influential bass player?

Jazz music has been around for over 100 years and left us with some phenomenal players that have left a huge impact of today’s society. It is almost hard to tell if some of the greats are ever going to be beat out by some of the modern players because their impact was so big. Charlie Parker, Charlie Christian, Sonny Rollins, Mr P.C, and Grant Green are just a few of the names that left future generations to come enough material to study that can last a lifetime.

Every so often comes a player that you wonder could possibly make as big of a trace as the greats. Christian McBride is one of those players. Born in Philadelphia, Christian McBridge is arguably one of the best bass players alive. He has played with some of the greatest players in the world already such as Freddie Hubbard, Sonny Rollins, J.J. Johnson, Ray Brown, Milt Jackson, McCoy Tyner, Roy Haynes, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock and Pat Metheny.

Not only does he play with jazz musicians though. He has played with some of today’s biggest hip-hop and R&B artists such as Isaac Hayes, Chaka Khan, Natalie Cole, Lalah Hathaway, and the one and only James Brown.

McBride is not limited to just his bass playing though. He is also a great composer. One of his biggest achievements as a composer is his piece “The Movement, Revisited”. It is a four-movement suite that was made for some of the biggest leaders in the civil rights movement. Those people are Rosa Parks, Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He knows how to reach out a wide variety of people and his works have already made a footprint that will make him almost unforgettable.

McBridge has also already made one of the biggest achievements that any musician came make, winning a Grammy award. His album “The good feeling” won him this honor, but it didn’t stop there.

His most recent release is titled “Bringing it” and the music from it makes you wonder how much better he can even get. Record by record McBride makes giant leaps in not only his playing but his sophistication.

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