Mojo (Publisher) - 4/03, p.1063 stars out of 5
- "...McBride's music is getting freakier and funkier....A spirited, skillful take on the genre..."
This is an Enhanced CD, which contains both regular audio tracks and multimedia computer files.
Christian McBride Band: Christian McBride (acoustic & electric basses); Ron Blake (soprano & tenor saxophones, flute); Geoffrey Keezer (piano, keyboards); David Gilmore (acoustic & electric guitar); Terreon Gully (drums); Danny Sadownick (percussion).
Recorded at Right Track Recording, New York, New York on June 14-16, 2002.
Personnel: Christian McBride (acoustic bass, electric bass); David Gilmore (acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Ron Blake (flute, soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone); Geoff Keezer (piano, keyboards); Terreon Gully (drums); Daniel Sadownick (percussion).
Audio Mixer: Joe Ferla.
Recording information: Right Track Recording, New York, NY (05/14/2002-05/16/2002).
Photographers: Stuart Feldman; Nitin Vadukul.
The celebrated jazz educator, master bassist, composer, and arranger, Christian McBride provides a new recording, told in a language of blazing originality. Vertical Vision is a multi-layered musical story that features beautiful solos, great grooves, funky riffs, and virtuosic performances by each bandmember. The recording also reveals McBride's passion for strong writing, brilliant accompaniment, and eclectic melodic voicings that stay with listeners long after the record ends. On this, his debut for Warner Brothers Jazz, McBride creates a dazzling weave of passionate rhythms, musical forms, and bass voicings with his longtime bandmate Ron Blake on saxophones and flute. Geoff Keezer on piano and keyboards, Terreon Gully on drums, David Gilmore on both acoustic and electric guitars, and Danny Sadownick on percussion add their flavorful interpretations, which elevate their performances to another level at each subsequent listen. The songs were inspired by and reflect a variety of subjects including the beautiful original "Song for Maya," which is played superbly by the ensemble and features the splendid flute work of Ron Blake. It is the most beautiful of all and the one that makes its way, like the family it has come to represent, into your heart. "Lejos de Usted" -- which is filled with beautiful horn voices and the vertical visions of McBride on acoustic bass -- is overflowing with Latin nuance and it is there, melding the borders between jazz and Latin rhythms. Top picks: "Technicolor Nightmare,""Tahitian Pearl," "Song for Maya," and "Boogie Woogie Waltz." Overall, Vertical Vision is a masterpiece that is beautiful, spirited, brimming with energy, and meets the same high standards set and achieved on Sci-Fi. ~ Paula Edelstein