Unlike many of the talented young players who have made an impact on jazz over the past decade, McBride has no qualms about stretching out to perform music that falls outside the usual jazz tradition. As you might expect from a kid growing up in Philly, McBride's a big fan of vintage soul and funk, and he touches those bases expertly on versions of tunes by Kool and the Gang, Stevie Wonder and Sly Stone on his Family Affair CD. His latest recording, Sci-Fi, includes his take on tunes by Steely Dan and fusion-era Stanley Clarke. In the company of pianist Geoff Keezer, tenor-sax player Ron Blake and drummer Terrion Gully, McBride's appearance at Jazz at the Bistro this week promises to be a great chance for local fans to catch up with one of their longtime faves.
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