With his début Mack Avenue Records recording, REACH, pianist and five-time Grammy® Award nominee Christian Sands is stretching into exciting progressive territory. 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, it pops! 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.”
REACH, one more milestone in Sands’ auspicious career that stretches back to his New Haven, Connecticut upbringing. Beginning music classes and composing his first piece at age five, he quickly became a professional by ten. Sands’ was well prepared to attend such prestigious schools as the
Neighborhood Music School and the Educational Center for the Arts in New Haven. He later received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Manhattan School of Music.
The recording is co-produced by both Grammy®-Award winning producer Al Pryor and famed bassist Christian McBride. McBride collaborated with Sands in his Grammy® Award-winning trio, as well as some of his other groups, since 2009. “Upon first meeting Christian, I could feel a cool connection,” Sands recalls. “From when I first sat in with his Inside Straight band, I realized that we think about music in the same way. When I got signed to Mack Avenue, I asked if Christian could produce me, as someone who knows my playing and what I want to accomplish in my music.”
Christian Sands have built a stellar trio here, including bassist Yasushi Nakamura and drummer Marcus Baylor. The album also features guests Gilad Hekselman on guitar, Marcus Strickland on tenor saxophone and bass clarinet, and percussionist Cristian Rivera. He even convinced his producer to make a cameo appearance, bowing his bass at the end of the slow tempo Use Me.
The album ends on a romantic note with a non-original tune, somewhere Out There. Composed by James Horner, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil. The original recording, sung by Linda Ronstadt and James Ingram, won Grammy® Awards for its appearance in the 1986 animated film An American Tail. “I was looking for a ballad and I didn’t want to do Strayhorn or Porter,” Sands says. “I wanted to play something that was not that familiar. So I was talking to my mother and she said, ‘what about the song from the movie with the mouse that you used to watch when you were a kid?’ She used to sing it to me when I was four or five years old and my dad would play piano. So I told her she was genius; I don’t think this has ever been done as an instrumental. When people hear this, I’m hoping they go, ‘Oh, yeah, I remember this.’”
The end song is yet another example of how Sands shifts musical gears with a variety of styles on REACH. “Actually, my biggest influence in making this album was Michael Jackson’s Bad record,” he says. “There are so many different kinds of tunes on that, so many changes. So that’s what I was setting out to do.”
ABYSS Pick … Reach is cool, smooth, with a lot of groove – highly recommended. A joy to listen to. This one Jazz Diggers you don’t want to miss … ABYSSJazz Magazine
This word has evolved from its original meaning in jazz slang as a sexual euphemism.
- Vagina, the female groove
- Penis, the male groove
- Ass, both male and female groove.
Original sexual meanings are seldom used or understood anymore.
- “Groovin” meant rubbing the genitals in one of the grooves. Used as a simple form of birth control, somewhat similar to withdrawal.
Less sexually oriented meanings are still sometimes used.
- “Hip to the groove” means aware of what gives pleasure; often used as a music term.
- To be “In the groove” means to be in a pleasurable place, musically, socially, or in life or nature. Generally, running smoothly.
- “Groovin’ together” enjoying each other’s company. Appreciating each other. Generally enjoying the situation and the surroundings’
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The Low Country Jazz Festival celebrate community and the creative power of music. We invite the jazz community to explore and share their passion for live music at the 2017 festival.
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… Gerald Albright’s “G” is Bright Music Records’ first CD release! G is a special musical project as it is also Albright’s début CD as an independent artist and as owner of Bright Music Records. G invites you to not only enjoy Albright’s fluency as a saxophonist and flutist, but also the command that he demonstrates on the bass guitar.
Gerald Albright is a Los Angeles, California native. For decades, and through 17 solo CD’s he has wowed us with the sultry yet funky sounds of his compositions. I am crazy about G, and I think you guys will be too. The CD slams with the track Taking Control, where one might describe the track as, Earth, Wind, and Fire meets Michael Jackson. Albright slows down the pace a bit with the sexy, head-bobbing tune called Read Your Mind. He will have your fingers snapping and shoulders jolting to the funky horns and beat box sounds of G and Doug E., a duet with Hip-Hop legend Doug E. Fresh, and it is fresh!
Albright pays homage to two good friends who he has respected throughout his musical career – Bill Withers and Frankie Beverly. He did his rendition of Lovely Day, featuring another good friend of his, the iconic Michael McDonald on vocals; and a MAZE inspired tune called Frankie B. wouldn’t be complete without the funk. Funk-ism will take you out of your seat with its combination of Old School meets Contemporary Jazz. Once again Albright shows off on bass guitar while solidly displaying his skills on alto, tenor, and baritone saxophone.
G is the title of Albright’s latest CD. And, G is the first letter of the word Great which defines both the man and his music. G is jumpin’ my friends; it’s thumpin’ and bangin’. Ooh-we-baby, there’s a lot of great music on this disk. We got Hip-hop, Funk, R&B and of course, Contemporary Jazz. Highly recommended … ABYSSJazz!
… James Kōb brings melody and beautiful arrangements back to the popular music genre… while still keeping it “cool & hip”.
A veteran American composer, lyricist, arranger and producer… Mr. Kōb creates music that spans across multi-national borders as well as focusing on the music scene here in America.
In developing “The James Kōb Experience”, Kob sets a new benchmark in music entertainment… a sort of ‘Broadway-ish, Pop, Jazz, Bossa Nova and a little cinematic music’ affair! In addition, with quite a few pieces in French and Portuguese for our European and South American music lovers. It’s a good kind of different.
So Right has a Zen like feel; easy to listen to, soothing, non intrusive, yet engaging. Delicately pulling you into the music and you don’t resist. The vocal interpretations, arrangements, instrumentation and the lyrics penetrate beyond the physical. So Right taps into ones soul the core self. Highly Recommended … ABYSSJazz Magazine!
Amidst life’s cacophony (discord) of conformity, there are times when we’re compelled to color outside the lines, to dance to the beat of a different drum while generously culling from vibrant new palates. All in the name of putting a little paint where it ain’t. Lauded and prolific Jazz/R&B musician Brian Culbertson sets his sights on a new canvas as he embarks on yet another exhilarating sonic excursion with his 15th studio album Funk! A 14-track opus dedicated to a venerable and indisputably influential genre, Funk! finds Culbertson stretching beyond the boundaries of the jazz world while paying homage to a litany of funk pioneers from yesteryear. Buoyed by the lead single “Been Around The World” the new album – released on September 30th – features Culbertson lending his superb jazz chops to a dynamic stew of original compositions certain to make Funk! one of the most feted albums of 2016.
After the untimely passing of both Prince and White this year, Culbertson saw it ﬁt to revisit his love for funk music and the memory of the two icons that acted as conduits for his first foray into the genre. “It was really important for me to pay tribute to those guys who were huge influences on me,” says Culbertson. “Not only as a kid growing up but their impact on me while working with the both of them. Funk! is dedicated to their incomparable legacies.” With that in mind, Culbertson began penning tunes at the intersection of Prince and White’s mutual ﬂashes of musical genius: funk. “My mission was to create songs that people could sing along with: simple, catchy and humorous,” says Culbertson. “Songs that reminded them of the feel of songs from back in the day.”
Culbertson says, “The concept for ‘Funk!’ was to make an old-school, throwback funkadelic record in the style of P-Funk meets Prince and to tour with the same band that appears on the album – my band plus Chance (Howard). The show we will be taking out on the road is unlike anything anyone has ever seen from me before. It’s on an entirely different level.”
Funk! is the feel good, toe tapping, finger snapping, get up on the floor and do your version of “dropping it like it’s hot” funk-a-fied record of 2016 … ABYSSJazz.
Tickets are now on sale for the Funk! Tour. For more information, visit http://www.brianculbertson.com/tour
Brian Culbertson Been Around The World Live in Scottsdale, AZ