Limited Edition Vinyl (500) with FREE download card of CD. LP Recorded & produced entirely in analog Having contributed to more than fifty recordings Christian Jacob decided that it was finally time to focus on a project he'd been planning to do for years, a solo piano recording. "I thought it would be interesting to work on some of the music that initially drew me to jazz. 'Tea for Two' because it was the first song I learned to improvise on: 'My Romance,' 'I'm Old Fashioned' and 'One Note Samba' because they take me back to when I was first studying jazz at the Berklee College of Music. Then, there are a few iconic ballads like 'Body and Soul,' and 'How Long Has This Been Going On.' I didn't plan to record 'Giant Steps,' but I'm happy I did. It's that weird and beautiful tune that everyone tries to wrap their brain around. I also wanted to share an Etude by Stravinsky. Although I wanted to become a jazz musician, I always loved classical music, that's why I had to include this little gem by Stravinsky." ~ Christian Although Christian had always envisioned his first solo release to be on CD only, the creative momentum of the project inspired him to make a change of plans. As Christian recalls, "An extra surprise with this recording is that I got to release a vinyl LP. And out of respect for all the analog purists out there, we kept it 100% analog. It all started when I saw the painting for the CD cover and just knew it was meant to go on an LP jacket. We had no idea what we were getting ourselves into (laughs) but we're really excited and proud of how both the CD and vinyl turned out." All About Jazz - Review "Beautiful Jazz: A Private Concert is Jacob's love letter to the genre that whisked him away from the waiting arms of the classical world. He tackles old favorites here, revisiting and/or revising some of the very material that drew him toward jazz in the first place. Jacob brings a sense of wonder to 'How Long Has This Been Going On?' tackles 'That's All' in seven, muses on 'My Romance,' and delivers an information-dense 'Surrey With The Fringe On Top.' Jacob also tips his cap to pianist Bill Evans with 'I'm Old Fashioned,' references his classical upbringing through Stravinsky's 'Etude No. 4 in F# Major,' and delivers a wonderful 'September Song' arrangement that's devoid of improvisation." "This whole program was recorded at a private concert at Zipper Hall in Los Angeles, with Jacob playing on a Hamburg Steinway Model D Grand. Both the scene and the instrument helped to shape this album, but it's Jacob who delivers on the promise of the title. Beautiful Jazz it is." Jazz Weekly - Review While he might be better known as the pianist in The Tierney Sutton Band, Christian Jacob has made some impressive music on his own. His latest release is from an intimate concert at Zipper Hall in Los Angeles in 2013, and it exudes taste and style. He's definitely got chops and technique, as he demonstrates on a lithe "Giant Steps" and a foreboding "Stravinsky's Etude No. 4 F# Minor." Most of the time, however, he gives hints of Schubertian romanticism as on the flowing "That's All", the winsome "My Romance" and gracious "Tea For Two." He can also deliver some impressionism a la Debussy on "Body and Soul" and delivers dainty snowflakes that dance on "How Long Has This Been Going On". A coy "Surrey With The Fringe On Top" is quite playful. Something Else Reviews.com (CD review) The intimacy of Keith Jarrett's The Köln Concert is what makes the 1975 such a tremendous experience, listen after listen. Regardless of the details, like whether or not he was playing on the "wrong piano," Jarrett's performance is about connecting the music to the listener. Much in the same way, pianist Christian Jacob's Beautiful Jazz: A Private Concert sees it's goal as joining the music to the listener. And much in the same way as The Köln Concert, intimacy is key. Recorded at Zipper Concert Hall in Los Angeles on a Hamburg Steinway Model D grand piano, a lovely instrument in it's own right. And the French pianist plays it with grace, which should be
How Long Has This Been Going On
It Might as Well Be Spring
Stravinsky's Etude No. 4 F# Major
Surrey with the Fringe on Top
Body and Soul
Till the Clouds Roll By
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