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Christian Sands

Christian Sands is an emerging jazz force. A recent Steinway Artist, he possesses pianistic technique in abundance, but it perfectly matches his conception. His use of understatement accomplishes a much deeper musical goal. He takes a fresh look at the entire language of jazz: stride, swing, bebop, progressive, fusion, Brazilian and Afro-Cuban. He says, “My music is about teaching the way of jazz and keeping it alive. Born May 22, 1989, Christian possessed an insatiable appetite for music. He was enrolled in music classes at age 4 and wrote his first composition at age 5. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Manhattan School of Music

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Most Read Album Reviews: 2020

Read "Most Read Album Reviews: 2020" reviewed by Michael Ricci

All About Jazz tracks how often an album review is read, and the reviews listed below represent our most popular in 2020. The Complete 1969 Recordings King Crimson by John Kelman Published: October 31, 2020 Is That So? John McLaughlin Shankar Mahadevan ...

Be Water

Label: Mack Avenue Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Intro; Sonar; Be Water I; Crash; Drive; Steam; Can’t Find My Way Home; Be Water II; Still; Outro.

ARTICLE: RADIO

New Releases, Grammy Nominations Plus Celebrating Etta Jones and Gloria Lynne

Read "New Releases, Grammy Nominations Plus Celebrating Etta Jones and Gloria Lynne" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

This broadcast features new releases from Mariana Zwarg, Billy Stritch and Seth MacFarlane with a peek at the Grammy nominations plus birthday shoutouts to Etta Jones, Ethel Ennis, Leigh Pilzer, June Christy, Judy Carmichael, Maria Schneider and Gloria Lynne (pictured) among others. Thanks for listening and please support the artists you hear by purchasing their music ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Commanding Singers Gregory Porter and Kurt Elling

Read "Commanding Singers Gregory Porter and Kurt Elling" reviewed by Russell Perry

Kurt Elling has been the dominant male vocalist in jazz for the past 20 years, winning the Down Beat Critics Poll from 2000-2013. Gregory Porter released his first record in 2010 and was recognized in the same poll as a rising star in 2013. He won the critics poll in five of the past seven years, with ...

ARTICLE: 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!

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Alexa Tarantino: Clarity

Read "Clarity" reviewed by Paul Rauch

Saxophonist Alexa Tarantino has as impressive resume in jazz as any artist could hope for at this stage of a career. As a performer, she has contributed notably to The DIVA Jazz Orchestra, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, the Cecile McLorin Salvant Quintet and Arturo O'Farrill & The Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra, to note a few. ...

ARTICLE: 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 ...

ARTICLE: WHAT IS JAZZ?

2020 Winter JazzFest Marathons: A Survival Guide

Read "2020 Winter JazzFest Marathons: A Survival Guide" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Believe it or not, it is that time of the year again! The holidaze are barely over and a new edition of Winter JazzFest is upon us. Knowing a jazz marathon is the perfect antidote to the holiday shopping and social marathons, producer Brice Rosenbloom and his cohorts have put together a program of gargantuan proportions. ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Nice Jazz Festival 2019

Read "Nice Jazz Festival 2019" reviewed by Martin McFie

Nice Jazz Festival Théâtre de Verdure Nice, France July 16-20, 2019 Sebastien Vidal, the artistic director of the Nice Jazz Festival, expressed his goals for 2019 as diversity and inclusivity. The Festival takes place in the center of the city, near a tram line station. They welcomed forty ...


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