Parker's Mood

Parker's Mood

by Roy Hargrove



Flat-out virtuosity is what you hear when Christian McBride is at the bass. This trio date with trumpeter Roy Hargrove and pianist Stephen Scott leaves room for each to solo, and on Bird's "Red Cross" McBride is both glib and resolute, offering perfect intonation and a buoyant sense of rhythm. Without dismissing the study that went into developing such technique, the bassist's ultimate gift is the natural grace of his lines. He capably drives "Marmaduke" and shows amazing poise on "Dexterity." Together, all three musicians give these once tensile tunes an aura of luxuriousness -- as if to say bop had its plush side. And because the setting is intimate, the listener can easily hear the richness of McBride's work. In an offhand demonstration of mastery, the pas de deux by the bassist and trumpeter on "Dolphin Dance" reminds that nobody with McBride on their side is going swingless.

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Release Date: 08/22/1995
Label: Polygram Records
UPC: 0731452790729
catalogNumber: 527907

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