The Good Feeling

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The Good Feeling
The Good Feeling - album cover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 27, 2011 (2011-09-27)
StudioAvatar Studios, New York City
GenreJazz, big band
LabelMack Avenue
ProducerChristian McBride
Christian McBride Big Band chronology
Kind of Brown
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Professional ratings
Review scores
All About Jazz4/5 stars[1]
AllMusic4/5 stars[2]

The Good Feeling is an album by the Christian McBride Big Band that won the Grammy Award for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album in 2011.[3] The record was released on September 27, 2011 (2011-09-27) via Mack Avenue label.[4]


This is his first full big band recording as a leader. McBride plays with a 17-piece band featuring saxophonists Ron Blake, Loren Schoenberg and Steve Wilson; trumpeters Frank Greene and Nicholas Payton; trombonists Steve Davis, Michael Dease and Douglas Purviance; pianist Xavier Davis; and drummer Ulysses Owens, among others. Together, the band presents six originals going with five jazz standards.[5] McBride said "I’m looking forward to writing more material, and I’m really hoping to keep this concept ‘above sea level".[6]


Philip Booth of Jazz Times noted "Christian McBride, one of two high-profile veteran bassists making debuts as big-band leaders this season (along with Ron Carter), offers 11 of his arrangements, a mix of original compositions and standards. McBride’s career orchestrating for large ensembles, as he recounts in the liner notes, began a little more than 15 years ago with a commission from the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. That piece, “Bluesin’ in Alphabet City,” is here, and it’s a charmer, a bluesy swinger with the trombone section’s melody answered by trumpet and saxophone rejoinders before opening up for solos, including a showcase for the leader’s speedy fingerboard flights and chopping-wood tone. Bluesy swagger also marks “In a Hurry,” originally heard on McBride's debut album and here building into a ferocious, criss-crossing bone battle between Michael Dease and James Burton. It's topped off with the leader's quick-witted bowed solo, a shouted chorus, and an extended, aptly explosive drum solo from Ulysses Owens Jr."[7]

Reviewers of SFJAZZ Center wrote "...until 2011's The Good Feeling, McBride had never recorded an album with his own big band. As the title implies, it's a swaggering, hard-swinging session featuring a cast of New York's best sidemen, winning the GRAMMY Award for Best Large Ensemble Jazz Album in 2012.[8]

Jake Kot of Bass Musician said "Great solo performances are lavished on every tune behind a very hip and tight ensemble. Christian himself sounds better than ever, both in section mode, and offering up some very moving bass solos, again, everything we would expect from this very accomplished musician".[9]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Christian McBride except where noted.

1."Shake 'n' Blake" 7:22
2."Broadway"Bill Bird, Teddy McRae, Henri Woode4:05
3."Brother Mister" 4:53
4."When I Fall in Love"Edward Heyman, Victor Young5:17
5."Science Fiction" 11:46
6."The Shade of the Cedar Tree" 8:17
7."The More I See You"Mack Gordon, Harry Warren3:49
8."I Should Care"Sammy Cahn, Axel Stordahl, Paul Weston5:45
9."A Taste of Honey"Ric Marlow, Bobby Scott3:28
10."Bluesin' in Alphabet City" 8:45
11."In a Hurry" 7:01
Total length:70:27



  1. ^ Bilawsky, Dan (September 18, 2011). "Christian McBride Big Band: The Good Feeling". All About Jazz. Retrieved 28 February 2017.
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ "The Good Feeling". AllMusic. Retrieved 12 April 2017.
  4. ^ "Christian McBride Big Band – The Good Feeling". Discogs. Retrieved 3 October 2017.
  5. ^ DERISO, NICK (September 28, 2011). "Christian McBride Big Band – The Good Feeling (2011)". Something Else!. Retrieved 15 June 2018.
  6. ^ Johnson, Kevin (September 28, 2011). "Christian McBride Big Band Releases "The Good Feeling"". No Treble. Retrieved 15 June 2018.
  7. ^ Booth, Philip (30 December 2011). "Christian McBride Big Band: The Good Feeling The world-renowned bassist makes his debut as big-band leader". Jazz Times. Retrieved 28 February 2017.
  8. ^ "Christian McBride Big Band". SF Jazz. Retrieved 28 February 2017.
  9. ^ Kot, Jake (25 October 2011). "Christian McBride Big Band – The Good Feeling". Bass Musician.

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