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Taylor Eigsti

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.

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"It is always a joy, not to mention quite reassuring, for any serious acoustic jazz cognoscente to happen upon a young interpreter of the music that not only masters its tradition, but significantly develops his own voice and sound....Be prepared to be blown away." - Martin Gladu, ALL ABOUT JAZZ

"He's the most amazing talent I've ever come across. Remember him." - DAVE BRUBECK

"I was more than impressed by 'Let it Come to You.' I was taken aback by the rich musical experience I had just heard. This is one recording not to be missed, trust me." - Edward Blanco

"There comes a time in every former prodigy's life when they have to be judged on their output as an adult. Eigsti just keeps getting more compelling and inspiring. Four stars * * * *" - Johnathan Widran - ALL MUSIC GUIDE

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Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Dressed in a Song

JWAL Records
2020

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Daylight at Midnight

Concord Music Group
2011

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Daylight At Midnight

Concord Music Group
2010

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Let It Come To You

Concord Music Group
2008

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Lucky To Be Me

Concord Music Group
2006

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Resonance

Bop City Records
2003

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