Christian Sands

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.”

Last Thursday, on what would have been Erroll Garner's 94th birthday, WBGO held a Yamaha Salon Concert in midtown Manhattan, with a handful of superb pianists paying their respects. Among them was Christian Sands, who offered a solo medley with crystalline touch and bounding stride rhythm.

Then, following a brief exchange with Michael Bourne, he played a buoyant "Night and Day" with the evening's house rhythm team, bassist Ben Allison and drummer Allan Mednard.

 

 

When Christian Sands was 12 years old, Dr. Billy Taylor was already telling folks about this young pianist who had a presence in the music like he'd already been here once. Christian McBride felt it too, and made Sands a core member of his Grammy-winning trio.

The key for Sands is in the title of his new album, Reach. And it's in his playing, which grabs your attention with his every intention.