Friday, February 28, 2014

Christian Jacob Beautiful Jazz Wilder 2014

Christian Jacob sets out on with the aptly titled, Beautiful Jazz.
Brent Black / www.criticaljazz.com
 
April 1 Release Date!
 
Name sound familiar? It should as Christian Jacob's long running association with vocalist Tierney Sutton has propelled this Grammy nominated pianist and arranger to the top of the improvisational food chain. Solo piano is a tricky beast with the end result either feast or famine. With Beautiful Jazz the listener can dig in to a personalized conceptual release that highlights the music that pulled Christian from the classical and in to the jazz idiom where he has more than found a home.
 
Christian might be best referred to as a post bop modern jazz impressionist with the harmonic base similar to Bill Evans or perhaps Keith Jarrett. A deft and lyrical touch finds a melodic range of fluid motion that is effortless as it is nuanced. Highlight here are far too numerous to list but include exquisite arrangements on "It Might As Well Be Spring" and "My Romance." There are a few surprises that thanks to the prolific talent of Jacob reach a new level of beauty and include "Giant Steps" and "Body and Soul." Staying true to his artistic integrity Igor Stravinsky's " Etude No. 4 F# Major" simply confirms the obvious, this is a release that should have come out much sooner!
 
Christian Jacob also works within an acclaimed trio ensemble and has an impressive musical resume that time and space simply will not allow me to list here. Nothing to grind on here, Christian Jacob and Beautiful Jazz is just that...
 
Tracks: How Long Has This Been Going On? That's All; It Might As Well Be Spring; Stravinsky's Etude No. 4 F# Major; My Romance; Surrey With The Fringe On Top; Tea For Two; I'm Old Fashioned; One Note Samba; Body and Soul; September Song; Giant Steps; Till The Clouds Roll By.
 
 
Special Thanks To Michael Bloom of Michael Bloom Media Relations.