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Christian McBride: Or So You Thought You Knew

Christian McBride
Christian McBride
Christian McBride
Christian McBride
Christian McBride
Christian McBride
Christian McBride

The first thing you hear on Christian McBride’s new album, Vertical Vision, is a hot-jazz tune that sounds like something Fletcher Henderson might have recorded in 1931. Beneath the crackling static of an old 78, you can hear a bouncy piano stranded somewhere between Dixieland and swing and an upright bass playing a tuba part. When you glance at the album credits, however, you find that the song is called “Circa 1990” and was composed by McBride.

Huh?

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Geoffrey Himes

Geoffrey Himes has written about jazz and other genres of music on a regular basis for the Washington Post since 1977 and has also written for JazzTimes, Paste, Rolling Stone, New York Times, Smithsonian Magazine, National Public Radio, and others. His book on Bruce Springsteen, Born in the U.S.A., was published by Continuum Books in 2005 and he’s currently working on a major book for the Country Music Hall of Fame. He has been honored for Music Feature Writing by the Deems Taylor/ASCAP Awards (2003, 2005, 2014 and 2015), the New Orleans Press Awards, the Abell Foundation Awards and the Music Journalism Awards.