Sarah Hanahan: Among Giants

Sarah Hanahan: Among Giants

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Rising star alto saxophonist Sarah Hanahan’s debut album Among Giants showcases her raw talent, her unique voice, and her deeply felt, instantly memorable compositions. The album also demonstrates why she’s the heir to a jazz tradition she’s long revered, teaming her up with a band of legends who’ve helped nurture the young lion’s burgeoning career. 

Featuring all-stars Marc Cary on piano, Nat Reeves on bass, and Jeff “Tain” Watts on drums, Among Giants finds Hanahan marshaling a powerhouse rhythm section to make an unforgettable statement that announces her arrival on the global jazz scene. It’s also a passionate declaration of her dedication to pushing the music forward while also honoring the past. “New voices have pushed and pulled and conceptualized where jazz is today, but through it all, bebop has stayed constant and relevant,” Hanahan says. “This is what we call the lineage and the tradition, and it was my inspiration for the record. I want to pay my respect to my mentors and to the greats who have come before me, but I also want to show who I am and the voice I have to contribute to this lineage.”

Already hailed by NPR’s “Youngbloods” series as a star in the making, Hanahan has put her name on the map by performing and touring with renowned musicians including Peter Martin, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Joe Farnsworth, Steve Davis, and the Grammy award-winning Mingus Big Band. Now, with the release of Among Giants, Hanahan shares her own voice as a young star revolutionizing the genre. The record is an indisputable demonstration of Hanahan’s technical prowess and compositional brilliance, revealing her full potential.

Track Listing

  1. Welcome
  2. Resonance
  3. A House Is Not a Home
  4. NATO
  5. Honey
  6. Stardust
  7. On the Trail
  8. We Bop!

Sarah Hanahan, alto saxophone
Marc Cary, piano
Nat Reeves, bass
Jeff "Tain" Watts
Bobby Allende, percussion (tracks 1,4,5, and 8)


“Among Giants showcases a new talent with dazzling aptitude and bold attitude—and it soars to dizzying altitudes often. Hanahan is a powerful player who transports her listeners far up into exquisite cloud kingdoms. Together with her heroes, she proves she too can soar.” – The New York City Jazz Record

"Her massive, commanding tone and beyond-her-years control cements her as a steward of bebop." – London Jazz News