It was nearly impossible to choose just one video to encapsulate the mastery of Christian McBride, so instead, we've put together five videos that serve as a brief retrospective on one of the greatest players to ever pick up the bass. And in knowing how busy McBride keeps with gigs, we'll probably have to update this very soon. Enjoy.
Here's McBride anchoring a beautiful version of "Fragile" with Sting and Stevie Wonder from Sting's 60th birthday celebration at the Beacon Theater in NYC on October 1st, 2011. It never hurts to have Vinnie Colaiuta behind the drum kit to form a power rhythm section with McBride.
Watch McBride power this duet version of "Used 'Ta Could" with pianist Peter Martin:
And to prove that McBride isn't just a one-trick pony with the upright, check him out on the electric with John Scofield and Antonio Sanchez live at the Montclair Jazz Festival:
Here's McBride performing with the Joshua Redman Quartet in 1994 with Brad Mehldau on piano and Brian Blade on drums. Check out McBride's solo around the 8:40 mark:
And on the topic of solos, why not keep this party going with this video gem of McBride laying it down with Pat Metheny, Brian Blade and Joshua Redman:
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