Any time that McBride steps into the studio or onto a stage he plays what could be called “people music,” but it’s a particularly apt title for the second release by his hard-swinging acoustic quintet Inside Straight. Four years after Kind of Brown, the band’s acclaimed debut album, People Music delivers a more road- tested, “lived-in” Inside Straight, able to dig deep while projecting that ebullient vigor that has become McBride’s trademark.
In fashion circles, the adjective “bespoke” denotes custom-made suits and shirts and signifies the person who designs and constructs them. On The Bespoke Man’s Narrative, his brilliant Mack Avenue Records debut, pianist Aaron Diehl extrapolates this notion to matters of musical invention.
With his second Mack Avenue Records release, The Messenger, acclaimed guitarist Kevin Eubanks continues to explore his own unique musical vision. This vision offers the listener an opportunity to share a musical journey that truly exemplifies where Eubanks is at this stage of his illustrious career.
Reaching back to his roots and reigniting his faith, Joyner brings together his beloved jazz and his foundational gospel music.
Although he has done plenty of big band playing and arranging in his career, The Good Feeling is Christian McBride's first foray as a big band leader. The Grammy-winning title, described by All About Jazz as "superb," features both standards, and McBride originals. Now available on your turntable for the first time, this 180-gram virgin vinyl double-LP edition was created from the original 96/24 masters.
Gary Burton's debut on Mack Avenue Records, Common Ground, found the Grammy-winner returning to the quartet configuration for the first time in 20 years. Known for pioneering the four-mallet technique, Burton has been described by Jazz Times as one of the "most important vibraphonists in the history of jazz." This vinyl release of Common Ground is a double-LP on 180-gram virgin vinyl, sourced from the original 96/24 masters.
A South African native whose expansive musical gift has earned accolades in the R&B, contemporary jazz and gospel fields, Butler’s new release Grace and Mercy is filled with the soulful sounds and insightful lyrics fans have come to expect from the veteran performer.
Tia Fuller’s third release on Mack Avenue Records, Angelic Warrior, marks her deep-rooted evolution as an instrumentalist, composer and bandleader. After five years in Beyoncé’s band, the pop diva’s attention to detail in the studio rubbed off on Fuller.
Following up It's About That Time, Nighttown and the eponymous 2006 debut—Hot Club of Detroit expands its sonic and compositional horizons with Junction. Retaining its original lineup of reeds, two guitars, accordion, upright bass and no drums, this is the band’s fourth release for Mack Avenue Records.
In The Spirit of Jobim is comprised of five classics made famous by Brazilian legend Antonio Carlos Jobim—“One Note Samba,” “Wave,” “Tristeifinado” (“Triste” and “Desafinado”), “Corcovado” and “The Girl From Ipanema”—and seven Bromberg compositions emulating Jobim’s style.