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Bassist Christian McBride's first solo album should establish him as more than just a hotshot accompanist. Although he's only 22, the Philadelphia native has played on some 70 recordings and toured with top jazz solosits. "Christian McBride has developed a strong but unobtrusive rhythmic style that has made him a ubiquitous musical presence," says TIME critic David E. Thigpen. He says "Gettin To It" showcases McBride's "wide-ranging fluency in swing, bebop, blues, free jazz, and his full-throbbing sound."