Album: Christian McBride Trio, Out Here (Mack Avenue)

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Most piano trios in what is now a very crowded market, follow some special programme or USP: getting all trancey, say, or covering tunes by long dead folkies.

McBride, who is both the bassist and the boss, doesn't bother, preferring the usual mix of standards and ballads. The result is refreshing but also a bit boring, although things get interesting towards the end with a gooey show-tune ("I Have Dreamed") and a funky "Who's Making Love".