Songs of Hope and Persistence by Jon Batiste, Christian McBride, Nicole Mitchell and More
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Songs of Hope and Persistence by Jon Batiste, Christian McBride, Nicole Mitchell and More

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Another link to the freedom struggle of the 1960s can be found in a new single by bassist Christian McBride, “Medgar Evers Blues.” For those who may not know, Evers was a civil rights activist and war veteran who died in 1963 at the hands of a white supremacist in Mississippi. (Friday was the anniversary of his death.)

The song was composed by guitarist Mark Whitfield, who introduced it on his 1990 debut album, The Marksman. Whitfield is featured on the melody in this new version, the second single from a forthcoming album by the Christian McBride Big Band. Both McBride and Whitfield were part of a wave of so-called Young Lions in the early 1990s — and so too was organist Joey DeFrancesco, who joins them in the rhythm section along with drummer Quincy Phillips.

For Jimmy, Wes and Oliver will be released on Mack Avenue Records on Sept. 25; preorder here.

Read Article: WBGO