Christian Mcbride isn’t necessarily a household name in the fusion world, however on Vertical Vision he makes a partially grand attempt. Known for his work with Sting and Ray Brown, Mcbride’s solo attempts have seemingly been more attuned with acoustic jazz and be-bop. On this album Mcbride tackles an array of music. The soundscapes on this album range from funk-fusion to be-bop and even smooth jazz sounds. The opening track will light you up when the group explodes with fusion frenzy and then immediately takes a different direction on the following track. Fusionheads may not take to this, however you have to respect a musician who is eclectic and challenges you in taking many different directions. Mcbride even throws in a little Weather Report at the end with the hopeful intentions of paying tribute to our old friend Zawinul. Overall this is a good album with exceptional musicians. Mcbride’s playing stands on its own and this album only makes us wonder where he will go next.