Greetings jazz enthusiasts, I’m delighted to spotlight one of the brightest and invigorating voices in modern jazz … pianist/composer Taylor Eigsti. In fact, it seemed not long ago he was considered a prodigy and virtuoso … although he’s undoubtedly worthy of these accolades Eigsti is unafraid to express himself through a body of work that encompasses seasoned textures that are riveting, challenging and vibrant from a perspective of a young yet forward thinking artist. As you see, I’m excited Taylor Eigsti return with his fascinating excursion into new project territory on Concord Jazz appropriately titled Daylight at Midnight as our “Featured Album of The Week” at The Urban Flux. —Rob Young
Taylor Eigsti -][- Daylight at Midnight – [Concord Records, 2010]
Concord Jazz is proud to announce the release of Daylight at Midnight, the newest album from the pianist/composer Taylor Eigsti. This innovative collection includes original Eigsti compositions, as well as other remarkable musical renditions by composers such as Nick Drake, Imogen Heap, Elliot Smith and Rufus Wainwright. The 11-track collection marks Eigsti’s third Concord Jazz release.
On Daylight at Midnight, Eigsti continues to challenge the norms of what constitutes jazz today. While Eigsti pays full respect to the jazz tradition, he also exercises his passion for melodies of esteemed songwriters from his generation and explores a variety of music that piques his curiosity. In this collection, he not only finds resonance in the aforementioned top-tier, pop-oriented composers… but also brings to light a doubleheader of personal revelation: 20th-century Catalonian classical pianist Federico Mompou and up-and-coming vocalist/songwriter Becca Stevens, who sings five of the 11 tunes and adds her own flavors of the ukulele and charango. As fitting for an adventurous repertoire, the young pianist augments his unique and lyrical style with the Fender Rhodes, Rhodes PianoBass, Wurlitzer electric piano and Mellotron samples to add color and texture to the tunes.
Even as important as Daylight at Midnight is to Eigsti’s growth as an artist, the pianist is already thinking about his next musical projects. The once prodigious child pianist is unsatisfied staying static. He is always craving for change in a new music project or exploring different sounds. “With Daylight at Midnight, I wanted to tap into the singer-songwriter world, which will hopefully lead to the next compositional phase in my musical development.”
You can see what’s up in the world of Taylor Eigsti at http://www.tayjazz.com/
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