ACE OF BASS

ON HIS SOLO DEBUT, CHRISTIAN MCBRIDE COMES OUT SWINGING

Bassists are the bricklayers of the jazz world. Their job--to lay down a solid rhythmic foundation that their fellow musicians can build on--may not be sexy, but it's indispensable. In just four years as a pro, bassist Christian McBride has developed a strong but unobtrusive rhythmic style that has made him a ubiquitous musical presence. Although he's only 22, he has played on some 70 recordings and has toured with the top soloists, most recently saxophone wunderkind Joshua Redman. Now McBride's solo debut, Gettin' to It, should establish him as more than just a hotshot accompanist.

McBride's roots are in soul...

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