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Thursday, November 23, 2017

Christian McBride Trio @ Constellation, Chicago, USA, November 17

Christian McBride (double bass), Dan Wilson (guitar), Emmett Coleman (piano).
(Review by Steve T)
It was clear as soon as he came out he was a jovial, bubbly type, all smiles from the off. Bit of a Spinal Tap moment as the bass and piano kept going round and round as the guitarist tried frantically to plug in. Eventually, to his obvious relief, a lady emerged from the audience and sorted it out.
SKJ, a Milt Jackson blues - actually almost a boogie-woogie - gave all three an opportunity to show off their considerable chops, loads of power coming from bass and piano, a touch more subtlety from the guitar, the audience clapping along with the bass solo.
The Masquerade is Over displayed more intricacy with several time changes and the three gelled to perfection.
Some banter from the man informed us it was his first intimate gig in Chicago for a decade and he anticipated a room full of bass players commenting on social media he was off tonight.
Recorda me by Joe Henderson continued alternating the order of solo between piano/ guitar/ bass and guitar/ piano/ bass before the guitarist got to show what a soulful touch he has on Wee Small Hours, ditto the pianist before a perfectly controlled bowed bass solo, then back to guitar for a well-received coda.
Billy Boy at speed posed no problem for these three perfectly balanced seasoned masters, but it turned out this was the end and the second set was actually a second show requiring a new ticket. Even though it was likely to be the same set, we were tempted by a two for one ticket offer, but decided to head out.
Short but most definitely sweet.
Steve T

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