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Rising Star Pianist Christian Sands Debuts His New Album With His Quartet at Dizzy’s

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Christian Sands’ debut Mack Avenue recording, Reach, pretty much tells the evolving story of a 27-year-old artist who is embracing the vanguard of expansive expression. On Reach, the New Haven, Connecticut-based rising star on the keys not only sees a bright horizon to explore the diversity of the idiom but also an opportunity to delve 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. He also takes his grooved strides from A Tribe Called Quest and Outcast. Sands calls what he’s seeking to do on his album “a fresh look at the entire language of jazz” as he invents and reinvents with aplomb. Joining Sands is his album rhythm section bassist Yasushi Nakamura and drummer Marcus Baylor as well as guitarist David Rosenthal and special guest tenor saxophonist Marcus Strickland. Highly recommended. —Dan Ouellette


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