Christian McBride Presents The Movement Revisited: A Musical Portrait of Four Icons
“McBride finds a way to have each note mirror every letter of every word in the speeches Pierce recites. The drums and horns become a voice of their own, echoing the blood, sweat, and tears of a movement many are still fighting today.” — WBGO
A Magnum Opus – 20 Years in the Making Explores Relevant Themes of Social Justice from Past to Present, Lauding Key Figures of the Civil Rights Movement
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, Rosa Parks and Muhammad Ali
Featuring Sonia Sanchez, Wendell Pierce, Vondie Curtis-Hall and Dion Graham
Six-time Grammy award-winning jazz bassist Christian McBride is scheduled to release The Movement Revisited: A Musical Portrait of Four Icons, February 7th, on Mack Avenue Records (mackavenue.com). A masterful salute to Black History and the critical speeches that launched the movement of change and hope in America. Culminating musical documentation of a richly inspired piece – lauding four key figures of the Civil Rights Movement: Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, Rosa Parks, and Muhammad Ali. The tapestry is complete with four outstanding narrators including poetess Sonia Sanchez, and actors Wendell Pierce, Vondie-Curtis Hall, and Dion Graham.
McBride personally handpicked the four narrators for The Movement Revisited. “Each needed to possess the empathy, humor, and gravitas to bring the words of these civil rights legends to life, especially for a new, younger audience. In many ways, there are some new battles we’re fighting, but I feel that these new battles fall under the umbrella of equality, fairness and human rights – and that’s an old battle,” says Christian. For the voice of Rosa Parks, Sonia Sanchez, the great poet, author, and artist. To portray Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the great character actor Wendell Pierce (The Wire, Treme), who possessed the stirring presence and ringing tones necessary for the role. Two other great actors, Vondie Curtis-Hall (Chicago Hope, Daredevil) and Dion Graham (Malcolm X, The Wire) were recruited to embody Malcolm X and Muhammad Ali, respectively.
McBride states, “What’s going on with our society right now is that we’re picking up the struggle over civil rights – human rights, really – where we left off at an earlier time in our culture, while also fighting some new battles. So, if ‘The Movement Revisited’ can propel awareness of not just today’s issues, but our history, while pleasing people musically, then it has done its job.”