Christa Grix | Cheek to Chic

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Cheek to Chic

by Christa Grix

Lovely, enchanting harp jazz that will perk up your ears and fill your senses with that which you didn't know you were missing.
Genre: Jazz: Traditional Jazz Combo
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1. It Might As Well Be Spring
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7:21 album only
2. Sea Journey
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5:06 album only
3. Alone Together
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6:27 album only
4. Sonata in C Minor; Allegro
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3:18 album only
5. Sonata in C Minor; Andantino Espressivo
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3:37 album only
6. Sonata in C Minor; Presto
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7. La Desirade
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1:51 album only
8. Where Is Love
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3:55 album only
9. You Must Believe in Spring
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10. Danny Boy Blue
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11. Cheek to Cheek
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Christa Grix Biography

Christa fell under the spell of the harp during her first lesson at 16. Two years earlier, she was transfixed by live jazz during a performance at her high school. The two influences have shaped, but not limited her explorations and accomplishments on the instrument.
Equally adept as both a classical and jazz harpist, she is one of those rare individuals who can make the transition from the jazz rhythm section to the symphonic string section sound effortless. The appeal and respect her music generates has taken her throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe as an invited soloist and clinician at all the major harp festivals and conferences.
Grix released her first jazz harp recording, “freefall”, in 1996, on the Freefall Music label. Her second recording, “Cheek to Chic” was released in 2002. Grix is Director of the Rocky Mountain Springs Harp Program, in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, where she teaches and leads harpists in an idyllic mountain setting each summer.

Jazz critic and WEMU, FM host, Michael Nastos, has commented on Grix:

\"Christa Grix is a harp player of considerable depth and vision,\" he writes. \"Her phrasing and lyricism suggest the obvious influence of jazz progenitor, Dorothy Ashby, but in many ways, she has taken those nuances and stepped it up a notch. Whether it be classical or jazz, it takes little time to realize what a precious musician Christa Grix is, and how she is literally able to do it all. That universal appeal, and her willingness to take risks with improvisation, is what sets her apart from the rest.\"


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Ken Grix

It is great to see another "Grix" out there making a mark.

Jim McQueen

Very listenable
Great format and a very listenable CD. Great insite into using the harp and good vibes between members of the trio. Thanks again

Jim McQueen CANADA EH!

syd cartwright

cheek to chic
this cd is great. the trio is so musical and accomplished. would and do highly recommend!

reverend john kelly

excellent jazz harp with dynamic improvisations
I have been collecting harp music for some years now - allforms and styles. This is a great example of pure jazz harp in a trio setting rivalling such greats as Dorothy Ashby but without the mystical leanings of Alice Coltrane.Often harpists just state the theme without real improvisations but this trio does it all so imaginatively.The recording is excellent as well- it sounds great on my British Hi-Fi system! I find it difficult to believe this artist and her music is not better known and more widely available. I am now a fan ! and await further releases urgently !