If there’s one thing the acclaimed bassist knows, it’s that when it comes to grit there’s no better resource to draw from than his own hometown, Philadelphia. So, McBride turned to one of the city’s most beloved colloquialisms to christen his latest project, Christian McBride’s New Jawn. The title is a slang term, an all-purpose term for a person, place or thing. The disc’s lineup includes Marcus Strickland - saxophone, Josh Evans - trumpet and Nasheet Waits - drums.
On the band’s eponymous debut, includes 9 originals written by bandmembers and one composition by Wayne Shorter. Each player writes two tunes, beginning with McBride’s lopsided scene-setter “Walkin’ Funny” and later his modern waltz “John Day” (with Strickland doubling on bass clarinet). Drummer Nasheet Waits, with his unique facility and expression in every context, from free-form to hard swing, contributes “Ke-Kelli Sketch” and the affecting ballad “Kush” (another bass clarinet piece). Evans’ entries range from the darkly hued “Ballad of Ernie Washington” to the Caribbean-tinged “Pier One Import,” while Strickland’s “The Middle Man” and “Seek the Source” bring the heat and light of surging uptempo post-bop and idiosyncratic blues in turn.
The release is available via Brother Mister Productions, McBride’s own newly launched imprint of his longtime label, Mack Avenue Records.
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