CD review: Christian McBride, "Live at Tonic" |

CD review: Christian McBride, "Live at Tonic"

STEWART OKSENHORNspecial to the daily

On the cover photo of “Live at Tonic,” bassist Christian McBride is as bulky as his instrument. Inside the CD, McBride demonstrates a musical appetite as hefty as his body and his bass. Three discs of instrumental music might seem an overload, but McBride fills them out with nearly four hours of sound, recorded over two nights in January of 2005 at the downtown Manhattan club, Tonic.The guest list features players, generally of the 33-year-old McBride’s generation, who share the goal of pushing the outer limits of jazz. McBride’s vision is expansive enough to include DJ Logic, human beat box Scratch and violinist Jenny Scheinman. Disc one features the best takes over the two nights by McBride’s forward-thinking quartet; discs two and three comprise the entire second sets, complete with guests.Too much of a good thing seems a foreign concept to McBride.

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