Christian Sands


Price: € 19.95
Format: CD
Label: Mack Avenue
UPC: 0673203111721
Catnr: MAC 1117
Release date: 05 May 2017
1 CD
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€ 19.95
Mack Avenue
Catalogue number
MAC 1117
Release date
05 May 2017

"Musician to keep an eye on"

Limburgs Dagblad, 21-8-2017

About the album

With his debut Mack Avenue Records recording, REACH, singularly talented pianist and five-time Grammy® Award nominee Christian Sands is stretching into exciting progressive territory as he breaks new ground traversing from the straight-ahead zone into fresh-sounding music influenced by a range of styles, from Afro-Cuban rhythms to hip-hop beats to dirty blues with an edge. That's impressive for a youngster who is just 27. "The collection here is about reaching new ideas and reaching new music," he says. "I'm reaching from past recordings to bring in the future, which is really all about finding myself. It's a chance to express my experience."


Christian Sands grew up in New Haven, Connecticut, and later moved to the nearby Orange. He started playing the piano at a very young age, and took lessons from the age of four; he commented that "I grew up with it in the house, in the classroom and on stage so it has always been a huge part of my life".

Sands was mentored by pianist Billy Taylor, who allowed the teenager to close one of the sets that Taylor played at the Kennedy Center. Sands went on to study at the Manhattan School of Music. The school's Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra, led by Bobby Sanabria, recorded the album Kenya Revisited Live in 2009; it was nominated for a Latin Grammy.

After graduating, Sands joined Inside Straight, one of bassist Christian McBride's bands; they have toured internationally.

Sands became a Steinway artist in 2012. In 2014, Sands cited as influences McBride, Wynton Marsalis, Kenny Garrett, and Marcus Roberts, because "They're coming from the tradition of bringing people into the music, but also moving it forward into new directions". In the same year, Sands became an American Pianists Association Jazz Fellowship Awards Finalist.



Musician to keep an eye on
Limburgs Dagblad, 21-8-2017

'Reach' closes with a beautiful ballad with piano trio, which flows into a jubilant climax. What an energy!
Jazzflits, 19-6-2017

His compositions are challenging and due to the high level of technical and musical play of this group, listening is a real pleasure.
Rootstime, 22-5-2017

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