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"When he's not knocking you out
with his sheer keyboard speed,
Djangirov seduces with gorgeously reharmonized balladry and surprises
with complex rhythmic and stylistic

-Ed Enright, Downbeat Magazine

"The pianist's incredible hands
already have him sounding like a
young Art Tatum.""...a remarkably
advanced jazz artist."

-Jazziz Magazine

"Djangirov demonstrated remarkable
poise and prodigous talent."

-Mike Jones, Washington Post

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Eldar, piano
Other musicians, tba

Eldar Djangirov-now eighteen years old and an emigrant from Kyrgyzstan in the former Soviet Union-might seem an unlikely candidate for greatness as a jazz pianist. But Eldar is in fact all of these things, which have now brought him to his debut recording for Sony Classical-ELDAR, featuring sax virtuoso Michael Brecker (to be released on Tuesday, March 22, 2005).

When he was nine years old, Eldar began to explore and pursue jazz seriously. One can hear in Eldar's music influences from the classic, the inspired drive of Art Tatum and Oscar Peterson, the exuberance of Dave Brubeck, and the intensity and introspection of Bill Evans.

Eldar was featured on the 42nd Annual Grammy Awards and has taken top prizes at the 2001 Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival and the 2002 Peter Nero Piano Competition. The legendary Marian McPartland hosted Eldar as her guest (her youngest ever) on the acclaimed radio show "Piano Jazz" and later asked Eldar to perform during her concert series at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. After hearing Eldar play, jazz great Benny Carter said, "He's one of the most outstanding artists I've heard in a long, long time." An impressed Dr. Billy Taylor noted that "At age 16, Eldar Djangirov's playing shows brilliancy, complexity, and discipline." Hailing Eldar as a "remarkably advanced jazz artist," JAZZIZ magazine wrote, "The pianist's incredible hands already have him sounding like a young Art Tatum."

Michael Brecker joins Eldar and his trio as guest artist in "Point of View," one of Eldar's own compositions. Backed by drummer Todd Strait and John Patitucci on bass and electric bass, Eldar showcases another three original tunes-"Watermelon Island," "Lady Wicks," and "Raindrops." Eldar plays his own arrangements of Bart Howard's "Fly Me to the Moon"; Eden Ahbez's "Nature Boy"; Ben Bernie's "Sweet Georgia Brown"; Herbie Hancock's "Maiden Voyage"; Bobby Timmons' "Moanin'"; and the Thelonious Monk/Bernard Hanighen classic "'Round Midnight." Eldar is heard alone in his arrangement of Monk's "Ask Me Now."


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