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Album Review

Taylor Eigsti's third recording for Concord emphasizes a pop vocal component as well as his excellent keyboard work. With Becca Stevens singing on five tracks, Eigsti seems to be targeting the youth market rather than emphasizing his formidable and proven talent to play contemporary instrumental jazz. Covers of tunes by Coldplay, Rufus Wainwright, Feist, Nick Drake, Imogen Heap, MuteMath, and Elliott Smith center the sound of this disc, all done with only a subtle flair for the dramatic. Stevens has a supple, understated voice that lends itself well to late-night excursions, suggesting gypsy tales told in trip-hop trim. The recording gets more delicate and somber as it goes along, but Eigsti does take a broader view in funky modal, spiritual, soulful, electronic, and folk-like styles early on. Coldplay's "Daylight" is delightful and fun, while a version of Drake's "Pink Moon" — accented by the acoustic guitar of Julian Lage — is sweet, while Stevens singing Heap's "Little Bird" could easily be deemed an adult contemporary radio hit. Eigsti's playing itself is both interesting and intriguing, while the exceptional drummer Eric Harland keeps the beat flowing and expanding through each track. It's not his best work — that is to come for such a young player — but Eigsti felt compelled to do this project based on his broad level of musical experience, and a taste beyond jazz. ~ Michael G. Nastos, Rovi

Customer Reviews

yup

very nice record. congrats to taylor

Download This Immediately

An absolutely incredible album. Everything Eigsti touches is gold, and this is no exception. Such a pleasure to listen to and truly a breath of fresh air. Love it!

Phenomenal album!

One of my favorite albums to date! Taylor Eigsti as well as Becca Stevens and all the other musicians on this album are phenomenal -- this album is definitely worth a listen :)

Biography

Born: September 24, 1984 in Menlo Park, CA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Pianist/composer Taylor Eigsti is a precocious and prodigious jazz talent based in Menlo Park, CA. His style is enthusiastic, straightforward, and swinging, with elements of stride, bop, soul, and funk. He began piano lessons at the age of four, opened for David Benoit when he was eight, performed with Dave Brubeck at 13, and recorded his first CD at 14, with Dan Brubeck on drums. Eigsti's musical parents were supportive of his career, but also made sure he had a normal childhood, including pursuing...
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