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2003 (2003)


Christian McBride

Christian McBride


June 14–16, 2002

Vertical Vision (2003)
Live at Tonic (2006)

Release date

Warner Bros. Records

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Right Track Recording, New York City

Christian McBride albums, Jazz albums

Christian mcbride talks about his band the making of his cd vertical vision

Vertical Vision is a studio album by American bassist Christian McBride together with his sextet. The album was released in 2003 via Warner Bros. Records label. This is his sixth record as a leader and first for Warner Bros.



Christian McBride of Jazz Review stated "For several years now, bassist Christian McBride has been dead set on proving true the old axiom that not only does jazz have the ability to broaden the scope and depth of popular music, but that the latter can also rejuvenate and invigorate the former when it hits a rut... But this is precisely what McBride has offered forth on Vertical Vision, his debut for Warner Brothers. The tongue in cheek opener, "Circa 1990" (a scratchy, 16-second snippet of a retro-swing tune) points up the bassist’s stern-faced dedication to this new direction, in sharp response to the snobbish responses to 1998’s A Family Affair and 2000’s Sci-Fi (his earlier similar departures, both on Verve). From that moment on, for fifty solid minutes, McBride is committed to an aesthetic every bit as reconstructionist and conservative as his neo-bop days - the difference being that here he substitutes Jaco-like fretless work for his Ray Brown-style walking, a variety of keyboards for plain piano, and modern break beats for reliance on the ride cymbal".

Paula Edelstein of Allmusic wrote "The celebrated jazz educator, master bassist, composer, and arranger, Christian McBride provides a new recording, told in a language of blazing originality. Vertical Vision is a multi-layered musical story that features beautiful solos, great grooves, funky riffs, and virtuosic performances by each bandmember. The recording also reveals McBride's passion for strong writing, brilliant accompaniment, and eclectic melodic voicings that stay with listeners long after the record ends".



  • Christian McBride – bass (upright, electric), production
  • Ron Blake – sax (tenor, soprano), flute
  • Geoffrey Keezer – piano, keyboards
  • Terreon Gully – drums
  • David Gilmore – guitar (acoustic, electric)
  • Danny Sadownick – percussion
  • Production

  • Joe Ferla – recording, mixing
  • Songs

    1Circa 19900:16
    2Technicolor Nightmare8:28
    3Tahitian Pearl6:28


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