To begin a CD with an unaccompanied intro to a ballad indicates some confidence from the main soloist on this excellent double CD with the young talented American pianist Christian Sands in the company of the two Danes bass player Thomas Fonnesbæk who is said to be the next NHØP and a Montmartre legend the drummer Alex Riel. The music is recorded live in Jazzhus Montmartre, Copenhagen in October 2014. The three musicians had never met before, but already on the first evening they found their common beat and developed it through the next two concerts, which naturally led to the best takes being collected for this double CD.
Christian Sands (p), Thomas Fonnesbæk (b) & Alex Riel (dr).
All About Jazz
"Take One is chock full of surprising twists and turns and live excitement as the audience waits for the cat to land: a great album."
5 Stars ⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆
Chris Mosey, All About Jazz (See full article here)
"This has become a fantastic trio record that surely could become a must have, and that may go down in history as a must. The record title ‘Take One’ we hope means that this is the first of several live performances from Jazz Montmartre with this trio. "
Jan Granlie, Salt Peanuts (See full article here)
"Sands and his Danish musketeers poured unrivalled from a cornucopia so there was nothing else to do but to let yourself get swepped away by this threefold express train."
- Peter H. Larsen
The NYC Jazz Record
"Sands hammers the keys into place without exploding into full-on free play, as Fonnesbæk and Riel gallop behind him, the drummer dropping bomb after bomb to encourage the pianist to greater and greater heights."
- Phil Freeman
Sands, Fonnesbæk, Riel
From first to last, pianist Christian Sands captures the verve of past jazz piano greats like Oscar Peterson and Erroll Garner.
The American’s music teems with invention, whether introducing “Stella by Starlight” with seductive ripples or closing “Someday my Prince Will Come” with a caress.
Thomas Fonnesbæk and Alex Riel on bass and drums offer experience and firm support.
But it is the remarkable Sands who raises a well-established repertoire to a higher level and is the main focus of this outgoing and joyful live double CD.
Mike Hobart, Financial Times
One can recommend this disc. It really is an outstanding recording.
Herb Young, IAJRC