TAYLOR EIGSTI, DAYLIGHT AT MIDNIGHT

photo by Devin DeHaven
The photogenic pianist Taylor Eigsti is onto something on his seventh overall release (and third for Concord). Entitled “Daylight At Midnight,” Eigsti’s isn’t the first prodigiously talented twenty-something to embrace the music of his generation, nor is he a trailblazer. Following the footsteps of Brad Mehldau and The Bad Plus, he interprets songs by Feist, Rufus Wainwright, Imogen Heap as well as Nick Drake and Elliot Smith, and he does have a knack for combining modern jazz with a pop sensibility that makes “Daylight” immediately accessible. Apart from being Eigsti’s strongest and most cohesive recording, the pianist has forged a deep connection with his rhythmic collaborators, bassist Harish Raghavan and the state-of-the-art drummer Eric Harland. As a trio, they animate the music with a satisfying determination. The group includes singer Becca Stevens on five of the 11 tracks. Her voice exists in that acoustic realm where alt-rock and jazzy pop blends with folk, and Stevens adds a wistful yet lovely consistency to Eigsti’s original tunes, especially “Magnolia” and “Midnight After Noon.”
Eigsti is a vivacious musician full of ideas that explode out of the speakers. He plays a mean piano and dishes out some retro-jazz funkiness on the Fender Rhodes that sets “Little Bird” afloat. For instrumental highlights, the trio gets it right on the Coldplay romp, “Daylight” and the in-your-face interplay on “Chaos.” But this time out, Eigsti is about the art of the song and with a tip of the hat to the steady hand of Matt Pierson (Mehldau’s former producer), Eigsti has fashioned an album that successfully taps into the singer-songwriter vein and that makes “Daylight” shine. (11 tracks; 56:04 minutes)  www.tayjazz.com
   

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JAZZ IN SPACE: TAYLOR EIGSTI, DAYLIGHT AT MIDNIGHT

Friday, September 24, 2010

TAYLOR EIGSTI, DAYLIGHT AT MIDNIGHT

photo by Devin DeHaven
The photogenic pianist Taylor Eigsti is onto something on his seventh overall release (and third for Concord). Entitled “Daylight At Midnight,” Eigsti’s isn’t the first prodigiously talented twenty-something to embrace the music of his generation, nor is he a trailblazer. Following the footsteps of Brad Mehldau and The Bad Plus, he interprets songs by Feist, Rufus Wainwright, Imogen Heap as well as Nick Drake and Elliot Smith, and he does have a knack for combining modern jazz with a pop sensibility that makes “Daylight” immediately accessible. Apart from being Eigsti’s strongest and most cohesive recording, the pianist has forged a deep connection with his rhythmic collaborators, bassist Harish Raghavan and the state-of-the-art drummer Eric Harland. As a trio, they animate the music with a satisfying determination. The group includes singer Becca Stevens on five of the 11 tracks. Her voice exists in that acoustic realm where alt-rock and jazzy pop blends with folk, and Stevens adds a wistful yet lovely consistency to Eigsti’s original tunes, especially “Magnolia” and “Midnight After Noon.”
Eigsti is a vivacious musician full of ideas that explode out of the speakers. He plays a mean piano and dishes out some retro-jazz funkiness on the Fender Rhodes that sets “Little Bird” afloat. For instrumental highlights, the trio gets it right on the Coldplay romp, “Daylight” and the in-your-face interplay on “Chaos.” But this time out, Eigsti is about the art of the song and with a tip of the hat to the steady hand of Matt Pierson (Mehldau’s former producer), Eigsti has fashioned an album that successfully taps into the singer-songwriter vein and that makes “Daylight” shine. (11 tracks; 56:04 minutes)  www.tayjazz.com
   

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