Review: Christian McBride, ‘Christian McBride’s New Jawn’ (Mack Avenue)

Small groups devoid of keyboards, guitars and other instruments that provide full chordal accompaniment can often sound vacuous and unbalanced. It’s a dangerously revealing format that requires tremendous skill not only to make the sound cohesive and satisfying but, on a full album, to vary the group dynamic from tune to tune. The fact that

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