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Christian McBride and Leo Richardson

Bass virtuoso Christian McBride shares tracks that have inspired him and UK saxophonist Leo Richardson performs live in session.

Christian McBride is one of the most revered bassist in jazz today, with six Grammy Awards to his name and list of collaborators that includes Sonny Rollins and Herbie Hancock. In an exclusive interview for J to Z he shares some of the music that inspires him, including a classic by his “number one musical hero” James Brown and a tune by "other-worldly" bassist Jaco Pastorius.

Also in the programme, UK saxophonist Leo Richardson and his quartet perform music from their hard-swinging new album, Move.

Produced by Dominic Tyerman for Somethin’ Else.

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1 hour, 29 minutes

Music Played

  • Leo Richardson

    The Demise

    • Live in session for J to Z.
  • Maria Chiara Argirò & Leïla Martial

    Watery Universe

    • Hidden Seas .
  • Quentin Collins

    Jasmine Breeze

    • Road Warrior.
    • Ubuntu.
  • Joe Armon-Jones & Georgia Anne Muldrow

    Yellow Dandelion

    • Turn To Clear View.
  • John Coltrane

    Blue World

    • Blue World.
  • Leo Richardson


    • Live in session for J to Z.
  • Melba Liston

    The Trolley Song

    • Melba Liston and her ‘Bones.
  • Christian McBride

    Ballad of Ernie Washington

  • James Brown

    Soul Power

    • Soul Classics.
  • Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie

    Salt Peanuts

    • Massey Hall.
  • Weather Report


    • Heavy Weather.
  • Miles Davis


    • Someday My Prince Will Come.
  • Leo Richardson

    Second Wind

    • Live in session for J to Z.


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