Watch Five Powerful Performances Of Christian McBride With All-Star Casts (VIDEO)

Watch a Five Video Retrospective Covering the Tremendous Career of Christian McBride

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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CHRISTIAN MCBRIDE's Straightahead Masterwork

HE’S 37 YEARS OLD AND HAS WON A GRAMMY, BEEN COMPARED TO RAY BROWN on upright, toured with Chick Corea and John McLaughlin on electric, gotten first-call treatment from both hardcore jazzers (Freddie Hubbard, McCoy Tyner) and pop stars (Sting), arranged for orchestras, directed the National Jazz Museum in Harlem, obtained artist residencies at the Detroit and Monterey Jazz Festivals, and even conducted his own radio show about jazz and—wait for it—sports. But for Philly native Christian McBride, being referred to as one of the masters still evokes incredulity. “Are you kidding? I’m still the young phenom,” he says, chortling. “I can feel it now. I’ll be 70, and all those old jazz writers are gonna be going, Young Christian McBride, in his brief career . . . .”