Beginning with Family Affair in 1998, McBride opened up his sound and incorporated more of the pop, funk, and fusion styles he grew up with. This approach continued through such albums as Sci-Fi and Vertical Vision. Having jumped labels from Verve
in the early 2000s, McBride made yet another label change, releasing the more straight-ahead New York Time on Chesky
in 2006. In 2009, McBride returned with an equally straight-ahead set of mostly original tunes, Kind of Brown. Two years later, he offered The Good Feeling, his first turn as leader of a big band. The duets album Conversations with Christian followed in 2011.
In 2013 McBride returned to working with his Inside Straight quintet for the album People Music. Also in 2013, McBride delivered the trio album Out Here. Another trio effort, Live at the Village Vanguard, followed in 2015. He then returned to his big band for 2017's Bringin' It. ~ Scott Yanow, Rovi