Facing Dragons

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Artwork| Tracklist | Credits

Christian Sands: piano, Fender Rhodes [1, 2, 5, 8, 9], Hammond B3 [5], keys [7]

Caio Afiune: guitar [2, 4, 5, 7, 8]

Keyon Harrold: trumpet [2, 6]

Jerome Jennings: drums

Yasushi Nakamura: bass

Roberto Quintero: cumaco, clarin, laures, maracas [4]

Cristian Rivera: percussion [4, 5, 8]

Marcus Strickland: saxophone [2, 6]

Christian Sands

Facing Dragons

Also Available on 2-LP vinyl

Not yet 30, Christian Sands is currently one of the most in-demand pianists working in jazz. In the last few years he has toured around the world as a bandleader and recently appeared as a sideman on records by Christian McBride and Gregory Porter. After the one-two punch of Reach and Reach Further - EP, Sands' dynamic 2017 Mack Avenue debut and his live/unreleased studio tracks EP follow-up released earlier this year, Facing Dragons is Sands' return to the recording studio with an indestructible band and an unwavering allegiance to the groove.

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.

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