Three Stories / Solo Piano

Audio Samples

>Cahn, Sammy : I Should Care
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1, BWV 846-869
>Heusen, James Van : Darn that dream
>Corea, Chick : Windows
>Scriabin, Alexander : Pieces (3) for Piano, Op. 2
>Monk, Thelonious : In Walked Bud
>Djangirov, Eldar : Three Stories
>Matthews, Dave : So Damn Lucky
>Gershwin, George : Girl Crazy
>Djangirov, Eldar : Russian Lullaby
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Orchestral Suite no 3, BWV 1068
>     Air on a G String
>Djangirov, Eldar : Impromptu
>Gershwin, George : Rhapsody in Blue
>Parker, Charlie [Sax] : Donna Lee

Album Summary

>Cahn, Sammy : I Should Care
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1, BWV 846-869
>Heusen, James Van : Darn that dream
>Corea, Chick : Windows
>Scriabin, Alexander : Pieces (3) for Piano, Op. 2
>Monk, Thelonious : In Walked Bud
>Djangirov, Eldar : Three Stories
>Matthews, Dave : So Damn Lucky
>Gershwin, George : Girl Crazy
>Djangirov, Eldar : Russian Lullaby
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Orchestral Suite no 3, BWV 1068
>Djangirov, Eldar : Impromptu
>Gershwin, George : Rhapsody in Blue
>Parker, Charlie [Sax] : Donna Lee
Performers Composers
Notes & Reviews:

Personnel: Eldar (piano); Eldar Djangirov (piano).

Recording information: MSR Studios, New York, NY (05/12/2009-05/13/2009); Tainted Blue Studios, New York, NY (05/12/2009-05/13/2009); The Grand Ballroom, Manhattan Center Studios, New York, (05/12/2009-05/13/2009); MSR Studios, New York, NY (07/19/2010); Tainted Blue Studios, New York, NY (07/19/2010); The Grand Ballroom, Manhattan Center Studios, New York, (07/19/2010); MSR Studios, New York, NY (08/03/2010-08/04/2010); Tainted Blue Studios, New York, NY (08/03/2010-08/04/2010); The Grand Ballroom, Manhattan Center Studios, New York, (08/03/2010-08/04/2010).

Eldar Djangirov, the jazz pianist who previously recorded under his first name only, has been receiving rave reviews since he began performing as a young child. Those kudos are justified -- even as a prodigy, Djangirov dazzled with his technique, earning comparisons to masters such as Art Tatum and Oscar Peterson. For one thing, his speed on the instrument is unreal, but he's never been solely about virtuosity -- never showoffy, Djangirov packs plenty of emotion into his music as well as chops. For this solo piano set, Djangirov has expanded his reach, including classical material and original compositions as well as several diverse covers spanning Great American Songbook standards to more traditional jazz repertoire and even a Dave Matthews tune. Djangirov's playing is, simply, flawless, yet he avoids sterility. Whether diving into Gershwin's "Embraceable You," Charlie Parker's "Donna Lee," or Bach's Prelude in C-sharp Major, Djangirov's interpretations are always personalized and never less than inviting. On Thelonious Monk's "In Walked Bud," played in 5/4 time, Djangirov's captures the angularity of the original but tosses in enough flamboyant flourish that one might mistake him for a bebop Liberace (in a positive, enjoyable way). His take on Jimmy Van Heusen's "Darn That Dream" is imbued with a dreamy, tinkling mystery, and the Chick Corea number that follows it, "Windows," is introspective and elegant. So too is the Matthews tune, "So Damn Lucky," which sways between a modified boogie and something more regal and expressive. Djangirov's original numbers -- highlighted by the expansive title track -- vary in mood and tone, striking a measured balance between the pianist's jazz side and his classical training. It all comes together magnificently in the set's tour de force, "Rhapsody in Blue," a breathtaking 15-minute Djangirov-arranged take on the iconic opus that surveys a wide range of stylings, dispositions, and tempos. It's a sonic tour well worth taking, the highlight of this recording that, more than any of his previous works, exposes Eldar Djangirov's massive abilities and singular approach. ~ Jeff Tamarkin

REVIEWS:

Down Beat (p.98) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "The obvious tour de force here is a 14-minute interpretation of 'Rhapsody In Blue'..."

JazzTimes (p.72) - "At 15 minutes, RHAPSODY IN BLUE is a grand, virtuosic gesture, at turns orchestral, jubilant, turbulent, bluesy, even maniacal."



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Works Details

>Cahn, Sammy : I Should Care
  • Performers: Eldar; Eldar Djangirov
  • Running Time: 5 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1, BWV 846-869
  • Performers: Eldar; Eldar Djangirov
  • Running Time: 3 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1722

>Heusen, James Van : Darn that dream
  • Performers: Eldar; Eldar Djangirov
  • Running Time: 5 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Corea, Chick : Windows
  • Performers: Eldar; Eldar Djangirov
  • Running Time: 5 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Scriabin, Alexander : Pieces (3) for Piano, Op. 2
  • Performers: Eldar; Eldar Djangirov
  • Running Time: 5 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1886-1889

>Monk, Thelonious : In Walked Bud
  • Performers: Eldar; Eldar Djangirov
  • Running Time: 4 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Djangirov, Eldar : Three Stories
  • Performers: Eldar; Eldar Djangirov
  • Running Time: 5 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Matthews, Dave : So Damn Lucky
  • Performers: Eldar; Eldar Djangirov
  • Running Time: 4 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Gershwin, George : Girl Crazy
  • Performers: Eldar; Eldar Djangirov
  • Running Time: 4 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1930

>Djangirov, Eldar : Russian Lullaby
  • Performers: Eldar; Eldar Djangirov
  • Running Time: 3 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Orchestral Suite no 3, BWV 1068 :: Air on a G String
  • Performers: Eldar; Eldar Djangirov
  • Running Time: 2 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1731

>Djangirov, Eldar : Impromptu
  • Performers: Eldar; Eldar Djangirov
  • Running Time: 5 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Gershwin, George : Rhapsody in Blue
  • Performers: Eldar; Eldar Djangirov
  • Running Time: 14 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1925

>Parker, Charlie [Sax] : Donna Lee
  • Performers: Eldar; Eldar Djangirov
  • Running Time: 3 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern