Live At the Village Vanguard (Christian McBride Album)
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Live At the Village Vanguard Christian McBride Album
Live at the Village Vanguard
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Live album by
ReleasedSeptember 18, 2015 (2015-09-18)
RecordedDecember 12-14, 2014
VenueVillage Vanguard
LabelMack Avenue MAC 1099
ProducerChristian McBride, Maria Ehrenreich
Christian McBride chronology
Out Here
Live at the Village Vanguard
Bringin' It
Professional ratings
Review scores
Jazz Forum5/5 stars[1]
RTÉ.ie2.5/5 stars[2]
Tom HullB+[3]

Live at the Village Vanguard is a live album by American jazz bassist Christian McBride.[4][5][6] It was recorded over three consecutive nights in December 2014 at the famous jazz club Village Vanguard in New York City and released on September 18, 2015 (2015-09-18) via Mack Avenue label.[7][8] The cover of "Cherokee" featured in the album won the Grammy Award for Best Improvised Jazz Solo at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards in 2016.[9] This is the thirteenth full-length album recorded under his leadership.


Colin Fleming of JazzTimes noted "Cutting an album at the Village Vanguard is both a rite of passage and an attempt to take one's own place in a particularly hallowed hall of live recordings. But it's evident here, with the opening take of Wes Montgomery's "Fried Pies," that Christian McBride's trio is more than capable of advancing on both fronts. McBride dubs drummer Ulysses Owens Jr. his American Express, as he's loath to leave home without him, and with the kick the man provides it's no wonder. The opener has a taut, bracing solo that pianist Christian Sands helps transition into a percussive duet before the central refrain comes roaring back in, McBride's bass encircling the driving progressions of his counterparts".[10]

On Anthony Kershaw wrote "Typical of McBride, the charts are hard driving and swing. There's lots of technique on show, but great musicianship and musicality, too. The audience loves it and you can feel the energy in the room... This album has a lot of his debut album's energy. His improvisational style has developed, especially on ballads, but his ingenue talent was so well defined in 1994 that this album is simply an emphasis on it. There was a lot to love from the beginning. Live at the Village Vanguard has a nice mix of up tempo original charts, standards (The Lady Of My Life, Cherokee, Down By The Riverside), covers and ballads."[11]

Track listing

1."Fried Pies"Wes Montgomery9:13
2."Band Introduction" 2:37
3."Interlude"J.J. Johnson7:18
4."Sand Dune"Christian Sands9:06
5."The Lady in My Life"Rod Temperton6:55
6."Cherokee"Ray Noble8:43
7."Good Morning Heartache"Ervin Drake, Dan Fisher, Irene Higginbotham10:34
8."Down by the Riverside"Traditional6:48
9."Car Wash"Norman Whitfield7:13
Total length:68:27


  • Keith H. Brown - illustrations
  • Christian McBride - producer
  • Randall Kennedy - creative director
  • Raj Naik - art direction, design
  • Trevor Smith - photography
  • Gretchen Valade - executive producer
  • Todd Whitelock - mixing
  • Mark Wilder - mastering

Chart performance

Chart (2015) Peak
US Jazz Albums (Billboard)[12] 10


  1. ^ Ratajczak, Robert (2014). "Live At The Village Vanguard: Christian McBride Trio". Jazz Forum. Retrieved 2020.
  2. ^ Kehoe, Paddy (29 September 2015). "Christian McBride Trio Live at Village Vanguard". RTE. Retrieved 2018.
  3. ^ "Tom Hull: Grade List: Christian McBride". Tom Hull. Retrieved 2020.
  4. ^ "Christian McBride Trio - Live At The Village Vanguard". Discogs. Retrieved 2017.
  5. ^ CHINEN, NATE (November 30, 2011). "A Quintet in Its Comfort Zone, With a Little Youth in the Mix". The New York Times. Retrieved 2017.
  6. ^ "Christian McBride Trio / Christian McBride Live at the Village Vanguard". Allmusic. Retrieved 2017.
  7. ^ "Christian McBride Live at the Village Vanguard". Mack Avenue Records. Retrieved 2017.
  8. ^ Rogers, John (October 22, 2015). "Why Everyone Wants To Record 'Live At The Village Vanguard'". NPR. Retrieved 2017.
  9. ^ "Christian McBride". Grammy. Recording Academy. Retrieved 2020.
  10. ^ Fleming, Colin (November 24, 2015). "Live at the Village Vanguard: Christian McBride Trio". JazzTimes. Retrieved 2017.
  11. ^ Kershaw, Anthony (September 9, 2016). "Christian McBride Trio 'Live At The Village Vanguard (Vinyl)". Audiophilia. Retrieved 2017.
  12. ^ "CHRISTIAN MCBRIDE: CHART HISTORY". Billboard. Retrieved 2019.

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