Some hard bop this weekend

Saw Christian McBride play with his quintet Inside Straight this weekend. McBride’s probably my favorite working bass player: a virtuoso on his instrument, a skilled songwriter, a versatile and busy bandleader, and an eloquent spokesman for jazz. Inside Straight is a solid post-bop outfit with McBride on bass and a pack of players who are skilled, but not real flashy. A good show with a GREAT showing by drummer Carl Allen.

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