Eldar Djangirov: Eldar (2005)
The pianist shows absolutely no signs of intimidation or deferment with his illustrious sidemen: John Patitucci (bass), Michael Brecker (tenor saxophone), or Todd Strait (drums). Whether using a range on the piano that rivals McCoy Tyner, sparring to a draw with Brecker ("Point of View'), or waxing rapturously rhapsodic on Monk's "Ask Me Now," Eldar is not demonstrating potential that hopefully will reach an artistic zenith; he has hit the ground running and the earth is shaking.
Track Listing: Sweet Georgia Brown; Nature Boy; Moanin'; Point of View; Raindrops; Lady Wicks; Maiden Voyage; Round Midnight; Ask Me Now; Watermelon Island; Fly Me to the Moon.
Personnel: Eldar: piano; John Patitucci: bass; Todd Strait: drums; Michael Brecker: tenor saxophone.
Record Label: Sony Classical