in 1989, legendary jazz saxophonists Bobby Watson introduced the jazz
world to a phenomenal young bassist from Philadelphia name Christian
has since been proclaimed, as the most sought after bassist in modern
music, now with this in mind you will better understand the concept of
his latest offering titled Vertical Vision. Christian has
masterfully created an impressive, yet once in a lifetime recordings
with Vertical Vision. Christian assembled the talents of
saxophonist Ron Blake, pianist and keyboardist Geoffrey Keezer along
with Terreon Gully on the skins; David Gilmore plays guitar and Danny
Sadownick on percussion.
opening track is a teaser titled Circa 1990 which
admittedly falls into the second track called Technicolor
Nightmare a fusion lovers dream unveils with vengeance. At the
beginning of the piece is a propelling jazz-rock session that dips
rapidly into and acoustic bass solo accented by skilled pitter-patter
drumming of Gully. Vibrant rhythms viciously return with a roaring
vamp as the players interweave solos by guitarist David Gilmore and
the bopping horn chops by Blake, keyboardist Geoffrey Keezer slips in
with a timbered solo to add color to this already powerful musical
statement authored by McBride.
Pearl softly opens with a delicate piano solo penned by Keezer
assisted with the cooling tonality of Ron Blake' s golden saxophone
beckoning your attention. McBride finds his way into the room binding
and stretching the upright bass strings as an artist skillfully
strokes a painting with his brush challenging the listener to
reconnect his/her thoughts.
the four spot McBride opts, to write a swinging number titled The
Wizard Of Montara which is short lived leaving the listener
with a hint of anxiety longing for a bit more from this foot stomping
Ballad Of Little Girl Dancer penned by McBride opens with
Keezer and Blake exchanging solos echoing sentiments of contemporary
jazz as McBride bends and flexes his electric bass strings plucking in
lower register offering another enduring innovative piece.
Vision changes pace with Lejos De Usted by McBride, this
Latin inspired track features Ron Blake playing the flute as he
secretly wraps you into an enchanting rapture of the melody etching
his signature into the essence of this surreal moment.
and pianist Geoffrey Keezer serves up one my favorite pieces called
Precious One also penned by Keezer. Precious One
is a mid-tempo number that integrates nicely into this musical
accusation focusing on the jazzier side of Vertical Vision
interchanging solos by Blake and Keezers flowing harmonies.
For Maya is a soft Latin samba drops in the eight spot written
by horn man Ron Blake. Blake once again illustrates way his talents
are much appreciated on this project adding just the right flavor to
Zawinuls composition Boogie Woogie Waltz is the final
selection on Vertical Vision. Drawn from the blueprint of
fusion, McBrides band takes full command of this engaging
masterpiece, the band quickly adapts to this structurally demanding
work of art with prompt precision.
traditionalists will hate this record, smoothjazz fans is totally out
of the question and then theres contemporary jazz lovers that will
possibly lend their ears and finally the fusion fans, Where Art Thou?
Without haste, Vertical Vision by Christian McBride Band
will make a superb addition to your record collection therefore, I
give McBride and his band major dap for straying away from the
commercial side of music with this project to promptly deliver us this
powerful musical masterpiece.