When young bassist Christian McBride arrived in New York in 1989 as a student at the prestigious Juilliard School, he earned the nickname “Godchild of the groove” and the sky was the limit for him. Today, with more than 300 recordings as a sideman and 11 critically acclaimed albums as a leader, he reigns supreme as the “Lord of the lower frequencies“. He is one of the most influential bass players of his generation, which is evidenced by his Inside Straight quintet, Big Band, trio and his work with everyone from James Brown, Pat Metheny, Chick Corea and Wynton Marsalis to Sting, The Roots, Bruce Hornsby and Paul McCartney.
Trumpeter Josh Evans, drummer Nasheet Waits, saxophonist Marcus Strickland and of course Christian McBride have formed the New Jawn quartet. Surprisingly, there is no harmonic instrument in this project.
Their album release is available from October 26 through Brother Mister Productions, Brian’s new own record label, as a part of a record company which he has been cooperating for years, i. e. Mack Avenue Records.
bassplayer.com have described the project in the following fashion:
“Call something a ‘jawn’ in Philly [a slang terminology from Philadelphia. All-purpose term for a person, place or thing], and everyone will know that whatever you’re talking about has a certain hip cachet, a heavy dose of soul, and a generous helping of what in the City of Brotherly Love is known as “atty-tood.” Christian McBride’s New Jawn has all of that and more!”
Let New Jawn introduce themselves: