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Eyran Katsenelenbogen: 88 Fingers

Read "88 Fingers" reviewed by Terrell Kent Holmes

With the release of 88 Fingers, add the name Eyran Katsenelenbogen to the expanding roster of exciting pianists on the scene today. Katsenelenbogen draws from jazz, classical and the Great American Songbook for tunes that allow him to show off his amazing sound and bold-faced technique. Throughout 88 Fingers, Katsenelenbogen plays with confidence and deep emotion. He is also a bit of a trickster, as he shows on the mischievous dance of “Lover," with its eyeblink homages ...

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Eyran Katsenelenbogen: 88 Fingers

Read "88 Fingers" reviewed by Jay Deshpande

Eyran Katsenelenbogen's solo piano work has received the highest praise that a jazz pianist can be given: he has been likened to Art Tatum. Although Tatum is widely considered the most virtuosic piano improviser of the last century, players are hardly ever compared to him. To be associated with the man who Fats Waller referred to as “God," one needs a perfect sense of time and an ability to entirely alter the harmony of a standard at lightning speed. Indeed, ...

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Eyran Katsenelenbogen: Solotude

Read "Solotude" reviewed by Budd Kopman

Based on hearing Eyran Katsenelenbogen's new solo record, I have no choice but to say that Art Tatum's spirit inhabits this phenomenal musician. To be able to even remotely compare a pianist to Tatum is saying something, and even if you are familiar with Tatum's playing (say, on Pablo), you might not be prepared for what comes out of your speakers. Solotude is made up of sixteen standards, including “Solitude"; two of the tracks are live, including ...