Eldar

March 22, 2005 | Format: MP3

$9.99
Also available in CD Format
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: March 10, 2005
  • Release Date: March 10, 2005
  • Label: Sony Classical
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  • Total Length: 57:34
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  • ASIN: B00138F3PA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #178,350 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

Great sense of harmony and incredible sense of rhythym.
Charles Barton
After several listens through, my opinion is that this kid has a great future ahead of him.
Steven Cassinelli
Possibly the best pianist I've ever heard in 40+ yrs of listening.
Gregg Tomlinson

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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful By blyons on April 30, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This CD is simply outstanding and belongs in any serious pianist's record collection. First you hear traditional jazz piano and then pyrotechnic runs not heard since Art Tatum tickled the ivories. This kid has chops. Just when you think you have his style wired, he drops in some of the angular cascading pentatonics used to great effect on Chick Corea's "Now He Sings, Now He Sobs." Several great players accompany him on this first solo effort including Michael Brecker and John Patitucci. Without a doubt Eldar is the finest young pianist to come along in many years. Listen for yourself below. If you are a fan of Jazz Piano, prepare to be impressed.

-- Bill, a Jazz Piano Player in Denver
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Byrnes on March 29, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Whew. That's all I can say after listening to the first cut, "Sweet Georgia Brown." Eldar takes the tune at something around ludicrous speed, and John Patitucci & Todd Strait hold on for dear life. But after cooking through that, we're treated to a ballad to offset the breakneck speed the album opens with. This would be the crux of Eldar's burgeoning skills. He seems to distill many who have come before, and be able to offer something of his own from all the disparate sources hidden within his notes. Truly somebody to be watch.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By OPEDLJS on July 8, 2006
Format: Audio CD
For the 1 reviewer out of 25 who was hypercritical of Eldar's performances as lacking "soul", either the rest of us are crazy or he should rethink his position. I've been a professional pianist for about 32 years and I have never heard anyone master the piano to the extent Eldar does- he is a combination of Vladamir Horowitz, Oscar Peterson, Errol Garner, Bill Evans, you name it- he can play it, and with his own personal signature as well. After hearing him at Yoshi's, I invited 25 friends (many of them professional musicians with years of experience) to hear Eldar in October at the Legion of Honor Museum in SF and not one of them diagreed with my assessment. A virtuoso like this comes along once in a lifetime and there is bound to be one critic who, unable to dispute the remarkable technique, falls back on the tired comment about "soul". If those same criticss heard the same quality coming out of the old masters' hands, then suddenly it would have soul. I guarantee you, unless Eldar gets in a car wreck or self-destructs on drugs or some other foolish vice, he is destined to become one of the all-time greats in the world of jazz piano.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Steven Cassinelli on May 9, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I first heard Eldar on the radio and was so impressed, I ran out and bought the CD. After several listens through, my opinion is that this kid has a great future ahead of him. His chops are jaw-dropping, but you can only listen to blinding fast right-hand runs for so long. I started wondering if this kid could do anything but play fast. But I have to admit there are some pretty tasty items on this CD if you are willing to sit through the pyrotechnics. Nice interpretation of Round Midnight and a groovy tribute to Herbie Hancock called "Watermelon Island" make this more than a "look how fast I can play" session. The CD is definitely worth picking up; maybe, like me, you'll be amazed at the technique and then really listen closer for some meaning in between all the notes. It's there, trust me. I look forward to more from him.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Gregory Weaver on June 11, 2005
Format: Audio CD
To all the reviewers that criticize Eldar's habits of playing extremely fast: Did you listen to the whole album? As well as playing mind-blowingly up-tempo tunes such as Sweet Georgia Brown, Eldar also shows off his ability to play beautiful melodic interpretations such as in Raindrops and Lady Wicks. Recently in a masterclass that I went to, Joe Locke (outstanding vibes player--look him up) commented on his own playing (he is also known to be very hasty in his soloing) as an attempt to being like flowing water. This is exactly what Eldar is able to achieve in all of the tracks on the CD--a playing style that, similar to Art Tatum's, is quick and flowing, but is so lovely that it makes sense to anyone that listens to it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gregg Tomlinson on July 18, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Possibly the best pianist I've ever heard in 40+ yrs of listening. At age 18 this album is incomprehensible to me.

While I don't think Eldar has discovered his "own style" yet,

you can definiely hear some AWESOME representations of; Oscar Peterson, Bobby Enriquez, McCoy Tiner, Bill Evans, Chic Corea, and a host of other icons of jazz piano. God only knows where this kid is going to end up, but, I can say without reservation,

that this 18 yr old KID, named Eldar, has definitely "raised the bar" for all the rest of us who proclaim to be professional jazz pianists. BRAVO, BRAVO, BRAVO !!!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By B.Bear on May 5, 2005
Format: Audio CD
On a scale of 1-5 this is 6 stars. I personally have never heard the piano played so well in any music genre. This guy's got it! Add to this that he's at the beginning of a career - at only 18 yrs of age! Hopefully we'll have a chance to hear lots more from him in the years to come! From mellow jazz that's almost clasical (track 6)to stuff that's all over the keyboard. -BPA
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. MESSINA on August 15, 2007
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I feel I have to come to the defense of the reviewer who expressed reservations about the lack of emotion in Eldar's performances here, because I have to admit that I was struck by the very same thing. Eldar's technique always dazzles me, but his playing rarely moves me. Speaking from a strictly technical standpoint, he can probably play rings around just about anyone else: it would be almost inconceivable to imagine him ever hitting a wrong note. But there is an unsatisfying lack of passion in his playing, a little too much "Gee whiz, look, Ma, no hands!" bravado, but nowhere near enough soul.

Which is not to say I don't enjoy this recording on its own terms - I did buy it and don't regret the purchase, and even if he doesn't quite hit the right chords on an emotional level, Eldar's virtuosity is not without its charm. It will be interesting to hear him some years from now, perhaps, when he's accumulated a little more life experience. Until then, I can think of a dozen other pianists whose work, while perhaps not nearly as technically accomplished as Eldar's, is, for me, far more satisfying.
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