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Christmas Stories

Christian Sands

Christmas Stories

Price: € 19.95
Format: CD
Label: Mack Avenue
UPC: 0673203120624
Catnr: MAC 1206
Release date: 03 November 2023
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Label
Mack Avenue
UPC
0673203120624
Catalogue number
MAC 1206
Release date
03 November 2023
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Artist(s)
Composer(s)
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About the album

Pianist/composer Christian Sands’ cinematic approach to popular holiday classics takes center stage with Christmas Stories, his first album since his critically acclaimed, GRAMMY® nominated 2020 release Be Water. Having performed in-demand Christmas shows at Jazz at Lincoln Center and around the world, Sands offers such classics as “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “Silent Night,” “Jingle Bells,” and “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” as well as a few surprises. Joining the NAACP Image Award nominee are vibraphonist Stefon Harris, saxophonist Jimmy Greene, guitarists Max Light and Marvin Sewell, bassist Yasushi Nakamura, percussionist Keita Ogawa, and drummer Ryan Sands.

Artist(s)

Christian Sands (piano)

Christian Sands grew up in New Haven, Connecticut, and later moved to the nearby Orange. He started playing the piano at a very young age, and took lessons from the age of four; he commented that 'I grew up with it in the house, in the classroom and on stage so it has always been a huge part of my life'. Sands was mentored by pianist Billy Taylor, who allowed the teenager to close one of the sets that Taylor played at the Kennedy Center. Sands went on to study at the Manhattan School of Music. The school's Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra, led by Bobby Sanabria, recorded the album Kenya Revisited Live in 2009; it was nominated for a Latin Grammy. After graduating, Sands joined Inside Straight, one of bassist Christian McBride's bands; they have toured...
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Christian Sands grew up in New Haven, Connecticut, and later moved to the nearby Orange. He started playing the piano at a very young age, and took lessons from the age of four; he commented that "I grew up with it in the house, in the classroom and on stage so it has always been a huge part of my life".
Sands was mentored by pianist Billy Taylor, who allowed the teenager to close one of the sets that Taylor played at the Kennedy Center. Sands went on to study at the Manhattan School of Music. The school's Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra, led by Bobby Sanabria, recorded the album Kenya Revisited Live in 2009; it was nominated for a Latin Grammy.

After graduating, Sands joined Inside Straight, one of bassist Christian McBride's bands; they have toured internationally.

Sands became a Steinway artist in 2012. In 2014, Sands cited as influences McBride, Wynton Marsalis, Kenny Garrett, and Marcus Roberts, because "They're coming from the tradition of bringing people into the music, but also moving it forward into new directions". In the same year, Sands became an American Pianists Association Jazz Fellowship Awards Finalist.


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Jimmy Greene (saxophone)

As on his acclaimed Mack Avenue debut, Beautiful Life, a poignant, reflective recording that honored his daughter’s love of singing with a program combining jazz, spirituals, contemporary Christian music and ballads, Greene again fulfills his stated imperative of “reflecting the way that Ana lived.” Here, Greene hones in on Ana’s love of dance with a kinetic, groove-filled program comprising ten original compositions—including two Greene-penned lyrics—and his arrangement of the “new standard,” “Something About You.”
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As on his acclaimed Mack Avenue debut, Beautiful Life, a poignant, reflective recording that honored his daughter’s love of singing with a program combining jazz, spirituals, contemporary Christian music and ballads, Greene again fulfills his stated imperative of “reflecting the way that Ana lived.” Here, Greene hones in on Ana’s love of dance with a kinetic, groove-filled program comprising ten original compositions—including two Greene-penned lyrics—and his arrangement of the “new standard,” “Something About You.”
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Stefon Harris (vibraphone)

Marvin Sewell (guitar)

Yasushi Nakamura (double bass)

Max Light (guitar)

Keita Ogawa (percussion)

Ryan Sands (drums)

Andrew Joslyn (violin)

Composer(s)

Christian Sands (piano)

Christian Sands grew up in New Haven, Connecticut, and later moved to the nearby Orange. He started playing the piano at a very young age, and took lessons from the age of four; he commented that 'I grew up with it in the house, in the classroom and on stage so it has always been a huge part of my life'. Sands was mentored by pianist Billy Taylor, who allowed the teenager to close one of the sets that Taylor played at the Kennedy Center. Sands went on to study at the Manhattan School of Music. The school's Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra, led by Bobby Sanabria, recorded the album Kenya Revisited Live in 2009; it was nominated for a Latin Grammy. After graduating, Sands joined Inside Straight, one of bassist Christian McBride's bands; they have toured...
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Christian Sands grew up in New Haven, Connecticut, and later moved to the nearby Orange. He started playing the piano at a very young age, and took lessons from the age of four; he commented that "I grew up with it in the house, in the classroom and on stage so it has always been a huge part of my life".
Sands was mentored by pianist Billy Taylor, who allowed the teenager to close one of the sets that Taylor played at the Kennedy Center. Sands went on to study at the Manhattan School of Music. The school's Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra, led by Bobby Sanabria, recorded the album Kenya Revisited Live in 2009; it was nominated for a Latin Grammy.

After graduating, Sands joined Inside Straight, one of bassist Christian McBride's bands; they have toured internationally.

Sands became a Steinway artist in 2012. In 2014, Sands cited as influences McBride, Wynton Marsalis, Kenny Garrett, and Marcus Roberts, because "They're coming from the tradition of bringing people into the music, but also moving it forward into new directions". In the same year, Sands became an American Pianists Association Jazz Fellowship Awards Finalist.


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01.
Jingle Bells
05:52
(Christian Sands) Christian Sands, Eli Weinberger, Andrew Joslyn, Keita Ogawa, Jimmy Greene, Ryan Sands, Marvin Sewell, Max Light, Stefon Harris, Yasushi Nakamura
02.
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
04:38
(Christian Sands) Christian Sands, Eli Weinberger, Andrew Joslyn, Keita Ogawa, Jimmy Greene, Ryan Sands, Marvin Sewell, Max Light, Stefon Harris, Yasushi Nakamura
03.
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
04:48
(Christian Sands) Christian Sands, Eli Weinberger, Andrew Joslyn, Keita Ogawa, Jimmy Greene, Ryan Sands, Marvin Sewell, Max Light, Stefon Harris, Yasushi Nakamura
04.
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
05:45
(Christian Sands) Christian Sands, Eli Weinberger, Andrew Joslyn, Keita Ogawa, Jimmy Greene, Ryan Sands, Marvin Sewell, Max Light, Stefon Harris, Yasushi Nakamura
05.
Snow Dayz
05:23
(Christian Sands) Christian Sands, Eli Weinberger, Andrew Joslyn, Keita Ogawa, Jimmy Greene, Ryan Sands, Marvin Sewell, Max Light, Stefon Harris, Yasushi Nakamura
06.
Shoveling
05:11
(Christian Sands) Christian Sands, Eli Weinberger, Andrew Joslyn, Keita Ogawa, Jimmy Greene, Ryan Sands, Marvin Sewell, Max Light, Stefon Harris, Yasushi Nakamura
07.
Silent Night
07:32
(Christian Sands) Christian Sands, Eli Weinberger, Andrew Joslyn, Keita Ogawa, Jimmy Greene, Ryan Sands, Marvin Sewell, Max Light, Stefon Harris, Yasushi Nakamura
08.
A Christmas Hymn
02:36
(Christian Sands) Christian Sands, Eli Weinberger, Andrew Joslyn, Keita Ogawa, Jimmy Greene, Ryan Sands, Marvin Sewell, Max Light, Stefon Harris, Yasushi Nakamura
09.
The Gift
07:54
(Christian Sands) Christian Sands, Eli Weinberger, Andrew Joslyn, Keita Ogawa, Jimmy Greene, Ryan Sands, Marvin Sewell, Max Light, Stefon Harris, Yasushi Nakamura
10.
Last Christmas
05:08
(Christian Sands) Christian Sands, Eli Weinberger, Andrew Joslyn, Keita Ogawa, Jimmy Greene, Ryan Sands, Marvin Sewell, Max Light, Stefon Harris, Yasushi Nakamura

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