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Facing Dragons

Facing Dragons

Christian Sands

Label: Mack Avenue
Format: CD
Barcode: 0673203114326
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Catalog number: MAC 1143
Releasedate: 21-09-18
- Second release for Christian Sands on Mack Avenue after his debut records, Sands
- Christian Sands is currently one of the most in-demand pianists working in jazz

Christian Sands is currently one of the most in-demand pianists working in jazz. He spent several of his formative years cutting his teeth on the road with legendary bassist Christian McBride, but for the last few years he has toured around the world as a bandleader, and earlier this year Sands was named creative ambassador to The Erroll Garner Jazz Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to the legacy of the late great pianist Erroll Garner. Facing Dragons is Sands' return to the recording studio with an indestructible band and an unwavering allegiance to the groove, after the release of his one-two punch of Reach and Reach Further.        

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.