Pressestimmen und Statements


"Chris Hopkins´ recital of stride piano was a revelation."
George Hulme, International Association of Jazz Records Collectors

"...es ist schon höchst beachtlich und derzeit gewiss auch eine Ausnahmeerscheinung, dass sich ein Pianist in so jugendlichem Alter Jazzpiano-Stilistiken der 20er bis 40er Jahre zuwendet und das mit einer Intensität, die Hopkins in kurzer Zeit zu einer beachtenswerten Meisterschaft in diesen Genres geführt hat ... mit technischer Perfektion ... und unter Vermeidung jeglicher purer Imitate hat er zu einer ureigenen Vortragsweise gefunden. Ein Jazzmusiker mit Zukunft, wozu die vorliegende CD ["Daybreak"] ein überzeugender Meilenstein ist."
Gerhard Hopfe, Jazz Podium

"I am enjoying the Chris Hopkins CD. The first track is so much like Teddy Wilson that I was amazed."
Dick Hyman

"Hopkins plays each [tune] as if it were brand new. With his light touch and a definite sense of humor, and an ability to find the essence ..."
Bob Powers

"["Daybreak"]... is a lovely disc, marvelously refreshing ... one that you listen to over and over again because of the true emotion that flows from it."
Jean-Marc Berlière, Jazz Classique, Paris

"Count Basie would have been proud of this young man."
Harry "Sweets" Edison

"Die bemerkenswertesten solistischen Beiträge kommen vom Basie-orientierten Pianisten Chris Hopkins..."
Felix Janosa, Jazz Zeitung

"[Hopkins played]... an ingenious remodeling of Ellington´s "The Mooche", maintaining an insistently hypnotic yet remarkebly unobtrusive, modified stride bass as a vamp for his creative variations... It was altogether a mesmerizing tour de force..." (report from the New Orleans Jazz Ascona Festival 1999)
W. Royal Stokes, Editor of "Swing Era New York"

"... blossoming pianistic talents ... in full evidence."
Jersey Jazz

"Hopkins cuts it effortlessly with idiosyncratic progressions, rhythmic motifs and counter melodies ... elegant and cheerful tunes played with panache and precision ... strong and imagintative left hand figures ...."
Barry Witherden, Jazz Review

"... this man shows great sensitivity and maturity".
June Mawdsley, Review Australia

"A young, very excellent player who can imply the styles of young Earl "Fatha" Hines and Duke Ellington plus a host of swinging striders while creating his own assured, interesting solos. (Review: "Swedish Jazz Kings: It´s right here for you")
Ted des Plantes

"...Pianist Christian Hopkins ... ist eine Entdeckung. Was für ein Feeling der Junge hat!" (Tagebuch zum 8.International Jazzfestival at Sea, 1994)
Joe Viera, Mitbegründer "Int. Jazz-Woche Burghausen", Autor und Dozent

"Hervorzuheben ist auch Chris Hopkins, der natürlich nicht den Duke immitiert, dennoch mit mit einzigartiger Einfühlung in dessen Stil einen wesentlichen Gesamtbeitrag zur Gesamtstimmigkeit des Projekts ["Portrait of Duke Ellington"] leistet.
Jazz Podium

When I attended the 1998 Arbors Records International March of Jazz in Florida I felt that this ´Wunderkind´Chris Hopkins presented a breath of fresh air with his swing-oriented and stride-inspired piano playing.
Siegfried H. Mohr, California, USA, Free correspondent "Bulletin du Hot Club de France"

"Chris Hopkins is one of the most talented piano players I´ve heard. I just flipped when I first heard him because he´s not yet out of his twenties and, although his playing reflects the study of the men who created jazz piano, he brings his own ideas to the table."
Dan Barrett