The great jazz bassist Christian McBride and his group Inside Straight have just released “People Music” – their second album together and the follow up to 2009′s amazing “Kind of Brown” (both released on Mack Avenue Records). Like the previous record, this is straight-ahead acoustic jazz at it’s finest, a set that builds off of the best of the hard-bop tradition, while also throwing in some spiritual and progressive jazz elements. Many of the tracks are reminiscent of the (criminally overlooked) Bobby Hutcherson Blue Note recordings of the early to mid 1970′s. The crack band (Steve Wilson on saxophone, Peter Martin on piano, Warren Wolf on vibes and Carl Allen on drums – with drummer Ulysses Owens and pianist Christian Sands sitting in on a couple tracks) are on point the whole time and the interplay between the musicians is as good as it gets. “People Music” is everything a modern jazz record should be – drawing on the best of jazz’s past while still moving the music forward. Watch a video on the making of the album below and grab a copy here. Highly recommended.