Gettin' to It

Genre: Jazz; Lead Performer: Christian Mcbride; Producer (group): Verve

It seems the strategy here was to surround the 22-year-old bassist (making his debut as a leader on Gettin’ To It) with as many glamorous young names as possible: Joshua Redman, Roy Hargrove, Cyrus Chestnut. Christian McBride has a big, fat tone and limitless dexterity, and the music boils (especially a choice piece of funk called ”In a Hurry”), but everything feels a little antiseptic — this isn’t, after all, a working band, just a one-shot convocation of hired guns. B

Originally posted January 20 1995 — 12:00 AM EST

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