Press Quotations

The New York Times

“Nick Sanders is a young pianist, originally from New Orleans, with a precise touch and a wealth of information at his command. …his prepossessing new debut album, “Nameless Neighbors” (Sunnyside), (was) produced by Fred Hersch, his mentor and former instructor at the New England Conservatory in Boston…”


 

The New Orleans Times-Picayune

“Sanders proved to be a two-handed whiz at the keyboard, able to sustain complex contrapuntal lines and spin dramatic variations while maintaining the musical momentum. His sound was warm and embracing, but plenty of lightning flashed through his cloudscapes, as he nudged his bandmates with crisp trills, ringing octaves and edgy harmonic choices. Sanders’ command of dynamics also heightened the musical drama, as he filled the room at a whisper, and conjured thunder without swamping the rich overtones of his instrument. Yes, that classical training does come in handy, sometimes.”


 

Downbeat

“Sanders often spins independent single lines, one of which might hark back to the tune’s opening motif while the other weaves around it, like a web closing on an angry fly.”


 

Offbeat

“Pianist Nick Sanders is a virtuoso and his classical training is evident on Nameless Neighbors, his debut album on the prestigious Sunnyside Records label. Sanders and his trio with bassist Henry Fraser and drummer Connor Baker explore the world of jazz with a certain refinement that suggests the genteel elegance of classical music.”


 

Jazz Inside

“The modern young trailblazer approaches the ivories with a style that hints at convention but would rather turn it on its ear.”


 

The Midwest Record

“This piano man charts his own course but has the moves of a young (Keith) Jarrett and hard core fans could make a seamless transition if Jarrett decided to hang it up tomorrow and spend his time walking through the park and humming.”


 

Guernica

“All sorts of precursors pour through Sanders’ fingers: the pointillist touches of the Second Viennese school, the polytonal counterpoint of Darius Milhaud, the hard swing of Horace Silver, the watery texture of Bill Evans, the quartal harmonies of Herbie Hancock, the wide-handed chordal palette of Brad Mehldau, the atonal flights of Cecil Taylor, the stylistic collisions of Charles Ives. His compositions state a complex motivic figure that he shifts suddenly and rhythmically, so its melodic mark drains from memory. The idea, bolstered by his trio, feels like endless invention.”


 

The New Orleans Times-Picayune

“His playing — technically masterful, interpretively inquisitive — impressed with its articulate rigor. Sanders has a classicist’s respect for structural clarity, and his harmonic language, plus an appealing rhythmic spikiness, summoned up images of personalities far removed from the Fair Grounds zeitgeist. If Serge Prokofiev was ever reincarnated and invited to play in the Jazz Tent, the emerging soundscape might well have linked itself to Sanders’ own expressive temperament.”


 

Downbeat

“As a soloist, Sanders is a mad genius—hauntingly melodic and utterly unpredictable. Just when you think you’ve mapped his trajectory, he’s gone in a new direction, spinning off fresh, unconventional phrases.” 


 

All About Jazz

“When you look at the sum total of this work—Sanders’ twisted visions, caliginous constructs, lighthearted gestures, and weighty thoughts—you see honesty, integrity, and artistry guided by personal expression. In art, be it musical or otherwise, that’s more valuable than gold.”      


 

Be-bop Spoken Here

“You Are a Creature is one of the most original piano albums I have heard in years.”


 

Bop-N-Jazz

On You Are a Creature, we find the trio working the harmonic high wire without a net and taking the more traditional concept of a piano trio into uncharted waters and with smashing results!”