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Eldar Djangirov: Breakthrough

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"Point Of View Redux"--the eight-minute-long opener on pianist Eldar Djangirov's Breakthrough--doesn't exactly say it all, but it says a hell of a lot. A firmly delivered flourish flies through the air in the opening seconds, a rollicking riff sets things in motion as titan-like technique powers the warp-speed explorations that follow, things take a bluesy turn for a spell, and Djangirov generates enough energy to power an entire city block along the way. This aptly-titled number serves as a musical manifesto-of-sorts, as Djangirov wears his likes on his sleeve--and in his hands; this album is, indeed, a breakthrough, but not ...

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Eldar Djangirov: Three Stories

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The “child prodigy" tag can be a blessing or a curse. Some people who are labeled in such a manner spend the rest of their lives trying to live up to a reputation that was forced upon them at an early age, while others simply mature and grow into themselves, ultimately capitalizing on the attention they received in their youth. Eldar Djangirov falls into the latter category. While Djangirov--in his early twenties when this album was recorded--can still be considered a talented young pianist, he already has more than a decade of professional experience under his belt, and his music ...

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Eldar Djangirov: Three Stories

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Since emerging on the worldwide jazz scene in 2004, pianist Eldar Djangirov has been touted for the classical skill he brings to standard jazz and original material alike. With Three Stories, Eldar attacks the classical repertoire itself, mixing a pair of Bach pieces, and one from Alexander Scriabin, with standards by the likes of Sammy Cahn, Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk and George Gershwin, plus a few originals. The three stories--classical, standards (or popular music--he also covers a Dave Matthews tune) and originals--are told with a consistent voice that serves to twine and intermix the narratives not unlike Claude Simon's fiction. ...

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Eldar Djangirov: Virtue

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Virtue is Eldar's fourth album--his sixth, if his early independent releases are included--something of an achievement for a musician who was only 22 years old at the time of the album's release. The album further affirms the Kyrgyzstan-born, New York-based musician's deserved reputation for technical ability. Across the 11 tracks Eldar shows speed and virtuosity--on one or two ballads there are also welcome signs of a developing awareness of the impact of space and silence. Throughout the album, the young pianist is provided with swinging support from bassist Armando Gola and drummer Ludwig Afonso. Their playing is ...

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Eldar Djangirov: Re-Imagination

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Painting scenes from his experience, pianist Eldar Djangirov puts a virtual paintbrush to his third SONY album. Featuring his outstanding keyboard technique and a contemporary look at jazz's thrills, the twenty year-old prodigy delivers with emphasis.His wizardry at the piano becomes immediately apparent with one listen to his interpretation of Oscar Peterson's “Place St. Henri, which is done in an up-tempo trio format along with double bassist Carlos Henriquez and drummer Ali Jackson. Fast and clean, the pianist drives hard with a lightweight demeanor; just the way its composer intended.For the standard “Out of Nowhere, Eldar ...

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Eldar Djangirov: Live at the Blue Note

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Intimate and sparkling with effervescent joy, Eldar's appearance at the Blue Note in New York clearly brought a persuasive force to his audience. He's spontaneous and personable for this program of six standards and four originals, steering his acoustic trio through lovely straight-ahead territory with class.Trumpeter Chris Botti guests with the trio on “You Don't Know What Love Is, waxing romantic with a heartfelt reading of this romantic evergreen. He's in top form, giving jazz's mainstream a winning ballad appearance that proves convincing. Botti and Eldar both enjoy an eloquent manner that allows for an intimate musical conversation ...

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz with Eldar Djangirov, 1st Show

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Fans of Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz may have read the program synopsis with reservations when 12 year old Eldar Djangirov made his U.S. broadcast debut on her program a few years ago, but he quickly proved that he deserved the national exposure. A polite young man who was still getting used to living in a new country, Eldar doesn't seem overly infatuated with his budding talent, though he clearly impresses his host with formidable chops for someone so young. He begins with an arrangement of “Emily" that he credits to Marian, though she admits that someone else ...



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