September 22, 2000 at 04:00 AM EDT
We gave it a B

A young jazzman with astonishing instrumental gifts and his own ideas about what constitutes the usable jazz tradition, bassist Christian McBride has no problems fruitfully reworking retro types like Steely Dan, the Police, and Jaco Pastorius on Sci-Fi, erring only when he indulges too wholeheartedly in the conventions of period fluff. B

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