Be Water / Christian Sands

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It can be overwhelming to realize how much water surrounds us, affects us and impacts our lives. It’s an element vital to survival yet can be utterly devastating; it can be placid and beautiful or torrential and violent. It’s ubiquitous – flowing at the turn of a faucet, comprising 70% of our own bodies – yet somehow intangible, able to change form or assume the shape of its surroundings. On his stunning new album, Be Water, pianist Christian Sands takes inspiration from water’s tranquility and power and muses on the possibilities offered by echoing its fluidity and malleability. Through ten gorgeous and thrilling pieces, Sands alternately conjures the serenity of a sun-dappled lake and the drama of a relentless thunderstorm. Just embarking on his 30s, Sands has already enjoyed a remarkable career trajectory, touring and recording with Christian McBride’s Inside Straight and Trio, as well as collaborating with the likes of Gregory Porter and Ulysses Owens. The vividly expressionistic recording finds Sands with his core trio of longtime bassist Yasushi Nakamura and drummer Clarence Penn, with brilliant contributions from guitarist Marvin Sewell, saxophonist Marcus Strickland, trumpeter Sean Jones and trombonist Steve Davis. On one piece the ensemble is also supplemented by a string quartet featuring Sara Caswell, Tomoko Akaboshi, Benni von Gutzeit and Eleanor Norton.

REVIEW:

Drawing inspiration from his love of martial arts legend Bruce Lee, this album finds Sands continuing to develop his sophisticated brand of contemporary post-bop jazz. The songs balance compositional lyricism, empathetic group interplay, and searching improvisation. Be Water's relaxed intensity alone might call Bruce Lee to mind, mirroring his storied intellect and controlled physicality.

-- AllMusicGuide.com (Matt Collar)



Product Description:


  • Release Date: August 07, 2020


  • Catalog Number: MAC1170


  • UPC: 673203117020


  • Label: Mack Avenue


  • Number of Discs: 1


  • Performer: Christian Sands



Works:


  1. Intro

    Performer: Christian Sands (Piano, Keyboards), Marvin Sewell (Guitar), Yasushi Nakamura (Bass), Clarence Penn (Drums)


  2. Sonar

    Performer: Christian Sands (Piano, Keyboards), Yasushi Nakamura (Bass), Clarence Penn (Drums)


  3. Be Water

    Performer: Christian Sands (Piano, Keyboards), Marcus Strickland (Tenor Saxophone, Bass Clarinet), Sean Jones (Trumpet, Flugelhorn), Steve Davis (Trombone),Yasushi Nakamura (Bass), Clarence Penn (Drums)


  4. Crash

    Performer: Christian Sands (Piano, Keyboards), Yasushi Nakamura (Bass), Clarence Penn (Drums)


  5. Drive

    Performer: Christian Sands (Piano, Keyboards), Marcus Strickland (Tenor Saxophone, Bass Clarinet), Yasushi Nakamura (Bass), Clarence Penn (Drums)


  6. Stearn

    Performer: Christian Sands (Piano, Keyboards), Yasushi Nakamura (Bass), Clarence Penn (Drums)


  7. Can't Find My Way Home

    Performer: Christian Sands (Piano, Keyboards), Yasushi Nakamura (Bass), Clarence Penn (Drums)


  8. Be Water II

    Ensemble: String Quartet

    Performer: Christian Sands (Piano, Keyboards), Yasushi Nakamura (Bass), Clarence Penn (Drums)


  9. Still

    Performer: Christian Sands (Piano, Keyboards), Yasushi Nakamura (Bass), Clarence Penn (Drums)


  10. Outro

    Performer: Christian Sands (Piano, Keyboards), Marcus Strickland (Tenor Saxophone, Bass Clarinet), Sean Jones (Trumpet, Flugelhorn), Steve Davis (Trombone),Yasushi Nakamura (Bass), Clarence Penn (Drums)