With Taylor Eigsti's new CD, Let It Come to You, the pianist-composer-bandleader takes another giant stride forward as a significant new voice in the jazz world, and at 23, he stands tall among a select few of his generation, who are in the midst of establishing themselves as the jazz stars of the future.
With this, his sophomore outing, and follow-up release to his 2006 breakout debut CD, Lucky to Be Me, for Concord Records, Eigsti says that this now is "the record that I've always wanted to make." Indeed, Let It Come to You reveals Eigsti as an adventurous artist who, while steeped in jazz tradition, is also committed to advancing it. As he writes in the CD's liner notes, his compositions "provide a glimpse of the new type of music that I am currently gravitating toward and convey the emotional concepts behind their inspiration."
In the wake of Lucky to Be Me's eye-opening success, Eigsti's talents and future promise was revealed. The pianist was featured on the covers of both Jazziz and Keyboard Magazine, in addition to being recognized in the DownBeat Critics Poll for two years running. He was also profiled in his own BETJ television special. Featuring such top-tiered support players as Christian McBride, Lewis Nash, James Genus, and Billy Kilson, Lucky to Be Me garnered two Grammy nominations: one for Best Instrumental Composition for his song "Argument" and the other for Best Instrumental Jazz Solo Performance on "Freedom Jazz Dance." The CD, which was released in March 2006, spent 23 weeks on the National Jazz Radio Airplay charts, peaking at No. 7. It ended the year in the top 15 most-played jazz albums on radio.
Let It Come to You, Eigsti's second CD for the Concord Records Label and his sixth overall release, is an impressive 11-song collection of imaginatively refreshed standards (including classic Cole Porter and Duke Ellington tunes), so-called "new standards" (including a Pat Metheny song and a cover of "Not Ready Yet" from the pop band, The Eels) and four remarkable originals (three of which form the impressive "Fallback Plan Suite" that concludes the album). Co-produced by Eigsti and Chris Dunn, the CD features the pianist's working band"longtime collaborator Julian Lage on guitar (who was also a key contributor on Lucky To Be Me), Reuben Rogers on bass and Eric Harland on drums"with such special guests as, Joshua Redman on tenor saxophone, and Edmar Castaneda on Colombian harp.