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Christian Jacob

Christian Jacob first gained widespread exposure as co-leader, arranger and pianist with the Tierney Sutton Band. While recording eight critically acclaimed CDs with the band Christian also built a substantial career as a solo artist and leader. He has arranged and conducted around the world, performing with big bands, symphonies and even with the King of Thailand.

Born in Lorraine, France, Christian Jacob began playing classical music at age 4 and became immersed in the music of Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel, whose harmonic universe was influential on jazz. “I was 9 or 10 when I discovered jazz,” Christian reminisces, “and the very first thing that appealed to me was the harmony, the chords”. “The first time I heard Oscar Peterson, I kept going to the store to order the part, of course I never received it; later, when I learned it was improvised, I couldn't believe it”.

“I've always had perfect pitch, so I was known for hearing anything and knowing the notes. However, my training was not open to improvisation.” It was “learn the piece, and then interpret it,” he says. “Even at that age they would basically interpret it for you. In retrospect that probably taught me what is the basic musical feel.”

Though studying classical music, the young pianist continued to play jazz “as a hobby”; he worked in combos in Lorraine, and began to develop a style. “Dave Brubeck was my first discovery,” he has said, “then Oscar Peterson was a different dimension. I could hear his classical technique; his personality was there too. What he says, he means, and you can hear him having so much fun doing it.”

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“The phenomenal pianist Christian Jacob — created dense, polyrhythmic thickets that overlaid two or more Latin grooves, through which Mr. Jacob's piano solos sprang out and hurtled.” - Stephen Holden (The New York Times)

“Descriptive words such as virtuoso and genius are not words I easily throw around. When I first heard Christian Jacob I knew he was something special... I believe that Christian Jacob is about to become a major force in jazz today!” -Maynard Ferguson

“A post-bop modernist touched by the souls of Bill Evans and Keith Jarrett… Pianist Christian Jacob is a wonderful player whose crystalline melodies and expansive harmonies mark him as someone to keep an ear on.” -Jazz Times

“A talented jazz piano newcomer, Christian Jacob shines and has the post-Bill Evans sound well in hand.”

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CHRISTIAN JACOB TRIO
Contradictions (WilderJazz)

I was a devoted fan of Michel Petrucciani, so it is surprising that it took Christian Jacob’s new album to reveal the permanence of Petrucciani’s work as a composer

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Discography

Live in Japan

Live in Japan

WilderJazz
2009

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Contradictions

Contradictions

WilderJazz
2006

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Styne & Mine

Styne & Mine

WilderJazz
2004

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Time Lines

*for*sake recordings
1999

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