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Radio

Christian Sands, Gary Burton, Chris Cheek and More

Read "Christian Sands, Gary Burton, Chris Cheek and More" reviewed by Joe Dimino


The young and electric pianist Christian Sands opens this week's edition of Neon Jazz. During the rest of the show we showcases new albums by Ricardo Grilli, Homero Alvarez and Dafnis Prieto. The talents of veteran cats is also included with the likes of Gary Burton, Edward Simon and Chris Cheek. Enjoy the show! Playlist Christian Sands “Crash" Be Water (Mack Avenue) 00:00 Host talks 6:20 Billy Taylor “Bird Brain" The Very Best Of 1945-1949 (Master Classics) 8:22 ...

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Album Review

Christian Sands: Be Water

Read "Be Water" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


A small opus which rises from within, “Intro," unassuming title and all, begins Be Water, a true wealth of music which pianist Christian Sands has designed to flow not only like the awe-inspiring, fear-inducing title element, but like mercy, freely and without boundary. And so it does. For next is “Sonar," a romping festival of feisty performances from Sands and his core trio of bassist Yasushi Nakamura and drummer Clarence Penn which is meant to assure each other ...

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Radio

Lee Morgan, Kyle Nasser & More

Read "Lee Morgan, Kyle Nasser & More" reviewed by Joe Dimino


The young and very talented Christian Sands leads off this week's episode of Neon Jazz with music from his 2018 CD Facing Dragons. We then segue into his mentor Dr. Billy Taylor and profile Massachusetts native saxophonist Kyle Nasser with music from his latest disc Persistent Fancy. The talented group of young cats manufacturing a funk/jazz sound called The Black Tie Brass debuts their latest CD Mostly Covered. And, finally, we play the tune “Flimsy" form the great British outfit ...

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Year in Review

Mike Jurkovic's Best Releases Of 2018

Read "Mike Jurkovic's Best Releases Of 2018" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


Fully steeped as I am in two guitars, bass, and drums, I keep listening, learning and thankful the jazz steels my spine. A quick thank you to my patient editors here at All About Jazz and a special thank you to all the musicians who have contacted me from around the world. Let's not stop creating. It's our only defense to the soul gripping chaos that passes these days as living. Nik Bartsch Awase

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Album Review

Christian Sands: Facing Dragons

Read "Facing Dragons" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


Save for a busy, perhaps too restrained take on The Beatles' “Yesterday" and the predictable South American rhythm driven “Sangueo Soul," Facing Dragons is pianist Christian Sands third powerhouse release in a shade over two years. Crisply performed by his core trio, bassist Yasushi Nakamura and the untiring Jerome Jennings on drums, Facing Dragons may not explode out at you like last year's Reach, his debut as a leader, or the concussive live energy that spilled over onto ...

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Album Review

Christian Sands: Facing Dragons

Read "Facing Dragons" reviewed by Chris Mosey


Christian Sands is already being hailed as the greatest jazz pianist of his generation. The question now is will he follow in the footsteps of piano virtuosos like Art Tatum, Oscar Peterson and Errol Garner and concentrate on keyboard fireworks? Or will he choose other outlets for his immense talent, DownBeat magazine seemingly paving the way for this by lauding him as “an imaginative composer" and “clever arranger." Sands, born on May 22 1989, grew up in ...

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Album Review

Christian Sands: Reach Further

Read "Reach Further" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


With full gale Monk-ian intensity and flair, pianist Christian Sands' five song EP, Reach Further bursts open with “J-Street" like the grandest, most swinging first flower in the new jazz garden. Then you hit repeat. Repeat again. Then you remember there are four more songs and the garden bursts with color. Comprised of two brazen studio originals recorded for but left off 2017's seminal Reach and three utterly dynamic, immediate, and fun live tracks, recorded in March 2018 ...


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