"Simply Amazing" - Jazz Crusader Radio -
"Super, belle technique au saxophone, sur un tempo smooth jazz très agréable"
- Smooth Jazz Net -
Saxophonist and recording artist Chris Reinhardt, born and raised in Berlin, Germany started his instrumental education at age 11, first attented music school in Erfurt, Germany guided by sax teachers Wolf Iben and Bernhard Wundrak. Afterwards Chris returned to Berlin to join university program and specialize in Jazz and popular music. He gets inspiration from trumpeter Chris Botti, saxophonist Boney James as well as composer/trumpeter Terence Blanchard. Influenced by his own blend of Jazz, with a touch of Soul, R&B and Pop, he brings his fresh, elegant sax grooves to create his own twist on the Jazz genre. After his 2010 collaboration with UK-Soul singer Bashiyra 'The Voice' on her single "It's Working Out" and the appearance as a 2011 semi-finalist of the ISC International Songwriting Competition in the Jazz category (Nashville, TN.) alongside 2011 competition winner and vocalist Gregory Porter, he has been in the studio crafting his solo debut album. "Mind Evolution" featuring Jazz-Soul vocalist Rogiérs (former organist, keyboardist and background singer of multi-platinum Grammy winner Alicia Keys), produced by LA/Miami transplant and label head Astral 22 was the first teaser release of his album titled "Inside Identity - A reflection on the cycles of love" that features international guest appearances by Felix Dubiel (piano), Federico Beltro (drums) and Jesse Fischer (keys). The single "Mind Evolution" hit on #1 of ReverbNation's Independent German Jazz Charts twice in May 2013 and January 2014, constantly grooved in the Top 20 for 85 weeks and entered the Top 50 on the Smooth Jazz Now Charts (North America) for 16 weeks at chart ranks #46, #44, #48 throughout 2013. The track "Drift" reached the Top 10 on the US-Groove Wave Radio Charts for 4 weeks and also hit on #1 of ReverbNation's Independent German Jazz Charts after being released on the album "Inside Identity" on April 21st, 2014.
Chris regularly appears live on stage with German Classic/Pop/Jazz pianist Felix Dubiel and is part of the Jazz/Soul trio Tree Men, also he additionally resides in several band formations.
Inside Identity - A reflection on the cycles of love.
Inside Identity’s message emanates from the process of dealing with life's complex emotions. Reflecting and evaluating our state of mind with a growing sense of flow and realization. Beautiful moments and sad experiences all come together here in a way that influences each of us with a deeper connection and understanding of our own inner voice. "Inside Identity" crosses the bridge of jazz, soul and pop. Producer Astral 22 and saxophonist Chris Reinhardt present a smooth, sensual, fresh and authentic journey that touches on a variety of human emotions.
01 - Drift
02 - Serenity
03 - Can't Find My Princess
04 - Magnetism (Interlude)
05 - Sweet Illusion
06 - Reflection of Faith
07 - Gateway
08 - Mind Evolution
09 - Sunflower In Your Eye
10 - Time Machine
11 - Miniature (Interlude)
12 - Tear of Parting
Album produced by Astral 22 and Chris Reinhardt.
A Zeitkugel Recordings and Astral 22 Music presentation.
Release date: April 21st, 2014