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Eldar [Sony]

    1. Sweet Georgia Brown
    2. Nature Boy
    3. Moanin'
    4. Point of View
    5. Raindrops
    6. Lady Wicks
    7. Maiden Voyage
    8. 'Round Midnight
    9. Ask Me Now
    10. Watermelon Island
    11. Fly Me to the Moon
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 92593

  • Credits
    ProducerDavid Lai; David Lai
    EngineerKirk Yano

    Personnel: Michael Brecker (tenor saxophone); Eldar Djangirov (piano, synthesizer); John Patitucci (bass instrument, acoustic bass, electric bass); Todd Strait (drums, percussion).
    Additional personnel: Michael Brecker.
    Audio Mixer: Al Schmitt.
    Liner Note Author: Billy Taylor .
    Recording information: Sony Music Studios, New York, NY (2004).
    Photographer: Frank W. 3 Ockenfels.
    Arranger: Eldar.
    Eldar Djangirov, who was already a promising pianist at a very tender age, was able to immigrate along with his parents to the United States in order to better develop his amazing talent. After he appeared on the nationally syndicated radio program Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz at the age of 12, he was already displaying formidable chops for one so young. After two earlier releases for the small D&D label, he recorded his major label debut in early 2004 for Sony Classical. Already able to play at furious tempos normally associated with greats like Oscar Peterson and the late Art Tatum, especially in the stunning opening rendition of "Sweet Georgia Brown," he sometimes has trouble restraining his ability to show off his technique, nearly overwhelming Bobby Timmons' soulful "Moanin'" at times. Better are his reserved but refreshing approach to "Nature Boy" and the superb original ballad, "Lady Wicks." Bassist John Patitucci and drummer Todd Strait provide excellent support for the young man on the trio tracks (especially in the introspective take of "'Round Midnight"). Tenor saxophonist Michael Brecker is added on the Latin-tinged original "Point of View." Like all players who demonstrate tremendous technique at a young age, critics will be watching Eldar Djangirov with great interest to see if he successfully builds upon his amazing gifts. ~ Ken Dryden

  • Critic Reviews
    JazzTimes (pp.106-108) - "Eldar has formidable chops, as a lightning 'Sweet Georgia Brown' makes perfectly clear..."
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