Christian McBride’s New Jawn: Prime

Bassist Christian McBride is still at his Prime. McBride charges right off the opening “Head Bedlam” with his New Jawn—trumpeter Josh Evans, saxophonist & bass clarinetist Marcus Strickland, and drummer Nasheet Waits. “Obsequious” harks back to the hard-pop era with Evans and Strickland improvising like Clifford Brown and Sonny Rollins. My personal favorite has to be “The Lurkers.” It’s a dark beauty with McBride bows broodingly on his bass. The whole album is a masterpiece with four exceptional players joined together.