Jazz Pianist Eldar Djangirov in Concert

Arturo Sandoval Jazz Club
From Jun 29th through Jun 30th, 2007
With the release of Re-imagination, his third CD for Sony BMG Masterworks, Jazz pianist Eldar documents his transition from youthful prodigy to a creative artist with something to say. The release follows the 2006 CD Live at the Blue Note, which featured Eldar and his working trio with jazz trumpeters Chris Botti and Roy Hargrove as guest artists, and cemented Eldar’s position as one of the most formidable jazz musicians of his generation. On Re-imagination, recorded last December, Eldar, then six weeks shy of his twentieth birthday, had something ambitious in mind. He conceived the project as a sort of suite, weaving together nine originals, the songbook standard Out of Nowhere and Oscar Peterson’s rollicking Place St. Henri into a narrative arc. Joining him are three different trios (bassists James Genus, Carlos Henriquez, and Marco Panascia and drummers Terreon Gully, Ali Jackson, and Todd Strait), while guitarist Mike Moreno and turntable guru D.J. Logic augment the sonic palette. “This is the first record I’ve done where I focus more on composition than playing standards or working in the standard setting of a trio,” says Eldar. “Unlike anything I’ve done in the past, it’s a very personal statement rather focusing on a certain tradition or vibe, or on genres or labels. It’s more an enhanced version of a piano trio that’s just making music.” For more information, please call: 305.403.7565

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