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Christian McBride & Inside Straight: Live at the Village Vanguard

14. Christian McBride & Inside Straight Live at the Village Vanguard (Mack Avenue)

The personification of high-intensity, straight-ahead postbop, no group in jazz swings harder, thanks to the elite rhythm section of McBride, Peter Martin on piano and Carl Allen on drums. This set, recorded in 2014 during the same two-week engagement as the Grammy-winning Christian McBride Trio Live at the Village Vanguard, showcases originals by three members and features astounding solos by McBride, Warren Wolf on vibes, and Steve Wilson on alto and soprano. Swing lives. ALLEN MORRISON