Christian McBride is one of today's top jazz bassists. He can play in any style. The 2003 album Vertical Vision is a fusion album. And he also works frequently as a sideman playing all kinds of music. He was born May 31, 1972 in Philadelphia. His father Lee Smith was also a bassist. At 17 years of age, McBride played in Bobby Watson's band. While attending Juilliard, he was in bands led by veteran jazz musicians like Freddie Hubbard, Benny Golson, Milt Jackson and J.J. Johnson. In the early 90s, he was in Joshua Redman's band. Then he signed with Verve Records in 1995. His 1995 debut as a leader Gettin' To It did very well and McBride has been a fixture on the jazz charts ever since. McBride left Verve for Warner Bros. for the 2003 CD Vertical Vision which is a fusion album. Musicians are Ron Blake on sax and flute, Geoffrey Keezer on piano, David Gilmore on guitar, Terreon Gully on drums and Danny Sadownick on percussion. Blake, Keezer and Gilmore have worked frequently with McBride. McBride was in Chick Corea's Five Peace Band and he was a producer on the 2011 Kennedy Center Honors Sonny Rollins broadcast. He currently records for Mack Avenue Records. His latest CD Out Here was released last year and McBride will be on tour with his trio this fall. His latest recordings as a sideman are on Angelique Kidjo's new CD Eve and veteran R & B singer Jeffrey Osborne's jazz CD A Time For Love. Here's Christian McBride performing Technicolor Nightmare at the 2008 Detroit Jazz Festival.