May 21, 2021 marks 50 years since the release of one of the most iconic, enduring and resonant albums of all time – Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On. Seven-time Grammy winning bassist, artistic director, broadcaster and educator Christian McBride curates an exploration and celebration of the landmark album and groundbreaking artist.
Marvin Gaye’s 1971 masterpiece is universally regarded as one of the most influential recordings ever made, arguably the most – Rolling Stone awarded it the Number One spot on their 2020 list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. And with its themes of social justice, police brutality, environmental anxiety and a world on edge, the album, its messages and its cry for compassion are as resonant in the spring of 2021 as they were an astonishing half century ago.
Music Director of 92Y’s 50th Anniversary Celebration of What’s Going On Christian McBride launches our events with a concert streamed from our stage celebrating the musical genius of this timeless album through a soul-jazz lens. Joined by an intimate group of stellar jazz artists featuring Marcus Strickland on sax, David Gilmore on guitar, percussionist Gabo Lugo, and the top flight rhythm section of Christian Sands and Billy Kilson with McBride on bass, they reimagine What’s Going On’s most essential tracks, including the title track, “Inner City Blues,” “Mercy Mercy Me” and more. What’s Going On is an album many know intimately. Christian McBride invites you to hear its music and spirit in a whole new light.
Christian McBride, music director
Marcus Strickland, saxophone
David Gilmore, guitar
Christian Sands, piano
Christian McBride, bass
Billy Kilson, drums
Gabo Lugo, percussion
This event will be available for three days only after the streaming date.
Recorded on April 9
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