Rising-Star Pianist Christian Sands Celebrates His Debut Mack Records Album at Jazz Standard
116 East Twenty-Seventh Street New York, NY 10016
Best known as the pianist in bass superstar Christian McBride’s group Inside Straight, Christian Sands’ debut Mack Avenue recording, Reach, tells the evolving story of a 28-year-old artist who is embracing the vanguard of expansive expression. On the recording he delves into the wide breadth of styles he’s mastered. This ranges from Dr. Billy Taylor-informed traditional swing to the contemporary hard-edged funk and blues-rock, Headhunters synth electronics, Latin percussive fuel and hip-hop beats. He makes nods to Chick Corea, Bud Powell, Tito Puente and even counts Kendrick Lamar as a fearless hero who reminds him of early Trane.
The New Haven, Connecticut-based rising star on the keys not only sees a bright horizon to explore the diversity of the idiom. Interestingly, Sands built his recording on inspiration from Michael Jackson’s 1987 Bad album, saying that “he was so versatile and played so many different styles with different sounds. He used all these different lanes.” Sands performs at the Standard with his trio (bassist Eric Wheeler, drummer Jerome Jennings) and welcomes guest alto saxophonist Antonio Hart (on 7/29-7/30) as well as promises other guests. —Dan Ouellette
Cover: Christian Sands; courtesy of the artist.