María Grand's debut "Magdalena" was named #6 best Jazz Album of 2018 by Billboard; she was named Best New Artist of 2018 by the JazzTimes Readers Poll, #4 Artist to Watch in 2019 by JazzIz Magazine, was chosen one of the Promoter Picks Artists to Watch for 2019 by JazzFuel.com, was nominated for Best Up-And-Coming Musician of 2018 by the Jazz Journalists Association Awards, and was elected Best Newcomer Musician by the 11th Annual Critics Poll of El Intruso!

"..the way Grand has grown as a singer in balance with her skills on the reeds is unparalleled”

-Downbeat Magazine

"On Magdalena, Ms. Grand unspools a constant flow of ideas, serene and deftly paced..."

-The New York Times

"There’s a sense of interior mystery in Magdalena, the full-length debut of María Grand. The 26-year-old Swiss native uses her tenor saxophone like a truth-illuminating candle, her haunting lines exploring every crevice of her equally somber and arresting compositions. No matter how rapt the improvisations, an itch of unknowing pervades the search."

-JazzTimes

 

 -She plays with a rare combination of warmth and conviction, and has just released Magdalena, an angular, stripped-down album. {..}With song titles like “Isis”, “Maria” and “Magdalena”, this project is a tribute to powerful women, and should be compulsory listening for inside the jazz world and out. 

The Economist 1843

 

Her full-length leader debut, Magdalena, was released on Biophilia Records in 2018. Featuring her dauntless ensemble Diatribe and tackling subjects ranging from mythology to family relationships, the album positioned Grand as an improviser of piercing insight and a composer of vast ambition.

-JazzIz

“Luckily, most jazz fans were savvy enough to hear the genius of the 26-year-old’s new direction in modern bop with the excellent Magdalena. Backed by her core rhythm section of bassist Rashaan Carter and drummer Jeremy Dutton (with guest turns from guitarist Mary Halvorson and pianists David Bryant and Fabian Almazan), Magdalena presents a more confident, assured performer and composer than who first emerged on her self-released 2017 debut EP, Tetrawind. She exhibits tremendous growth as both a singer and a reedist.”

Billboard

 

"On “TetraWind,” an EP released this year, Ms. Grand, 25, unfurls a teetering logic. She conjoins the spiky rhythms of Rashaan Carter’s bass with tilting sheets of harmony, built by her tenor saxophone, David Bryant’s keyboard and Roman Filiu’s alto saxophone. As an improviser, the Swiss-Argentine Ms. Grand is both measured and frank, often venturing into gentle provocation."

-The New York Times, Giovanni Russonello

"..a dynamic, Colemanesque solo from saxophonist María Grand.."

-the Chicago Tribune, Howard Reich

 

"Tenorist María Grand takes center with an expressive and stimulating soliloquy.."

-All About Jazz, Hrayr Attarian

 

"...Grand's tenor riding the whip as the team galloped to the finish line..."

-Jazz Weekly, George W. Harris 

 

"A Revelation!"

-Jazz Magazine

 

 "The two "finds" of the [Newport Jazz] festival for me were coincidentally both women: Maria Grand, tenor player with Steve Coleman, and Kris Davis, pianist with Eric Revis' group.  Grand navigated the always tricky Coleman music with a big, broad sound and tremendous melodic acuity." -Pat Donaher, Visionsong

 

"Une réplique déroutante [...] émanant de la saxophoniste María Grand, une sorte de "ténor en mi bémol" (ainsi qualifiait-on celui de Warne Marsh qui tendait à sonner comme un alto et pourrait-on qualifier aujourd'hui celui de Mark Turner) improvisant dans le sillage du leader dans un esprit de continuité déconcertant."

-Jazz Magazine, Frank Bergerot

 

"[María Grand] is an excellent, exploratory saxophonist you should all know. I first encountered her at a Steve Coleman and the Five Elements show in NYC last year. As you're aware, that is not exactly an easy gig to get. She contributes to Steve's 'Synovial Joints' album, if you want to hear her in that context. [...] Grand's pieces are full of wild twists, turns and time signatures, yet hang together in a compelling way. This is stuff for adventurous listeners. There's excellent interplay between Grand and alto saxophonist Román Filiú.

-Anil Prasad, found of innerviews.org