Christian Sands is a pianist with a deep connection to jazz’s history, but he doesn’t see that as a static proposition. Quite the contrary.
“Jazz is such a conglomerate of different styles and different sounds, and always has been,” he said while paying a visit to Morning Jazz. “The world is so big and yet so small, because we’re all connected. That’s the way the music sounds today, because we’re all pulling from different places.”
Sands rolled into WBGO with his trio, featuring Yasushi Nakamura on bass and Jerome Jennings on drums. They played a handful of tunes from a new album, Reach — including “Song of the Rainbow People,” which he linked to message of hope, and “Armando’s Song,” which he said was meant to evoke “things that people will resonate with.”