McBride has a special connection to Texas. One can call him a Texas
fan. He came first time in contact to Dallas by visiting the jazz club
scene in 1985. After graduating from NTS, where he first met Dave Love
founder of Heads Up Records, he stayed and joined the scene. McBride
was first heard on fellow Heads Up
artist Kenny Blake's debut "Interior Designs" (1991). He
started his cooperation with Heads Up Records releasing Grace (1992),
A Gift For Tomorrow (1994), Keys To Your Heart (1996), Double Take
(1998), Texas Rhythm Club (2000) and Keepin' It Real (2002).
His new album
Texas Hold'em will finally be released in September 2005. Joe McBride
recorded this album with those musicians best-known as "The Texas
Rhythm Club": Wayne DeLano (sax), Dave von Blohn (flugel horn
& trumpet), Larry Spencer (muted trumpet on One Eyed Jack), Todd
Parsnow (guitar), Martin Walters (electric bass, guitar), John Adams
(upright bass) and Dennis Durick (drums). "This band is
killin'," says McBride. "I've played with these guys for
over a decade."
Texas Hold'Em is
certainly the most popular art of playing Poker. Instead of other
Poker games like Omaha High or 7 card stud which entail a great many
more possibilities for calculating odds and perhaps even trying to
count cards, Texas Hold'Em can be learned in a few minutes by anyone,
and you can be playing fairly well with a few hours practice. But
don't let us speak about the card game, let's comment his new album.
In the booklet is
nothing to find about drum programming but after the first tones of Big
Slick one can hear the familiar drum loops we can
experience on Joe's previous releases. Joe plays the piano keys with ease and
Honestly said I
would never expect to find on a smooth jazz album a piece like In A Garden Of Eden
"In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida". This tune was composed by
vocalist and organist Doug Ingle a member of the group Iron Butterfly
in 1968. While the original is psychedelic and with over 17 minutes
endless Joe's cover is significantly shorter and more up-spirit.
When you are playing blackjack one of
the most favorable situations arises when you have the opportunity to
double down. When you double down you are allowed to double your bet
after receiving your first two cards. Double
Down is a superb radio-like epitome of this gamers
Hold'em Joe slows down the tempo in a relaxing way. Awesome
the echoing of the melody between his piano and Wayne
Joe McBride can sing. Needs it any
evidentiary, so take Giving It All To You.
And when George Benson hums with his guitar Joe does it with his
In & Out
is a good reason to cast the limelight on
Rhythm Club. It's a real enjoyment to listen to the musical
interactions of all artists. I like especially the guitar intro by Todd
Joe McBride has a
great ability to build up a theme from a simple melody to a
sophisticated arrangement as to hear on No
The second vocal
song is I'm Here For You featuring
anew Joe's remarkable voice. Nicely contrasts his slow recital with Dennis Durick's
uptempo jazz brushes
and John Adams'
upright bass. Above
Wayne DeLano's sax
improvisations, an invitation for Joe's scat.
In incorporates all necessary ingredients
for a smashing smooth jazz hit: funky guitar licks, Joe's tickling
piano and a powerful rhythm.
Joe reveals anew
his musical art of seduction on The river.
The horn arrangement is unpretentious but convenient.
Eyed Jack is one of those tunes which could be played in a smoky
jazz club. Larry Spencer's muted trumpet certainly provokes this
Joe makes it
clear. Playing cards and music has parallels: Both is a great
amusement. Thanks for sharing it with us.