Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Christian McBride & Inside Straight w/ Carl Allen

I've been digging McBride's latest album as a leader and was happy to come across a great live, swingin' set of music captured on streaming video featuring Christian McBride and his current band "Inside Straight" courtesy of the kind folks at NPR and the Village Vanguard:

This band features a very talented and very AWESOME young vibraphonist by the name of Warren Wolfe and a long-time favorite of mine, Carl Allen on drums.

I was fortunate to study a bit with Carl several years ago in New York. Capturing a deep sense of swing throughout everything we do as drummers was a constant theme during my lessons with Carl and these vignettes capture that very clearly. Here's some clips of Carl doing his thing:

Carl Allen with Christian McBride and "Inside Straight":

The "New York Jazz All-Stars" live at the Newport Jazz Festival:

(Dig Mulgrew Miller on piano - WHOA !!)

Some slick brush work in trio with Benny Green and Ben Wolfe:

Here's another trio of Carl playing with Hank Jones and George Mraz:

And here's Carl endorsing some drum heads (and playing great !)

You can learn more about Carl Allen at his website:

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