For Jimmy, Wes and Oliver

“Pie Blues”

(Mack Avenue Records)

On their third release, For Jimmy, Wes and Oliver (Mack Avenue), the Christian McBride Big Band salutes three artists who were undoubtedly important in bassist-bandleader McBride’s musical development: Jimmy Smith, Wes Montgomery and Oliver Nelson. A veteran sideman and leader of his own groups, McBride first recorded with his big band in 2011, cherrypicking some...

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