Let it come to you

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COMPOSERS: Taylor Eigsti
LABELS: Concord
PERFORMER: Taylor Eigsti (piano), Julian Lage (guitar), Reuben Rogers (bass), Eric Harland (drums), Joshua Redman, Dayna Stephens, Ben Wendel (sax)


Hyped by Dave Brubeck as ‘the most amazing talent I’ve ever come across’, Taylor Eigsti has certainly created an admirable body of work in just a few years. He mixes standards with stimulating originals and the now obligatory cover of a rock song.

On some tracks he overdubs his piano, and says he’s aiming for the effect of a ‘rhythm-piano’ like the rhythm-guitar in rock.

Jazzers whose preference is for pre-bop might argue that proper two-handed piano sounded like that in the first place. Whatever, nothing, including ‘DigiTech pedal effects’ on ‘Caravan’, comes across as gimmickry.


Eigsti is a thoughtful, inventive writer and improviser, proving a fine balladeer on tracks such as ‘Not Ready Yet’ and the bonus ‘I Got it Bad’, while effortlessly stirring up excitement on up-tempo pieces. Barry Witherden