Grammy@ Nominated Pianist Eldar Djangirov
Achieves a Career Breakthrough with A New JazzTrio Opus
Eldar's "Breakthrough" was recorded at Avatar Studios
in New York City. Like the 26-year-old's 2009 disc Virtue
(Sony), it features his long-standing touring trio with bassist
Armando Gola and drummer Ludwig Afonso. Breakthrough
breaks through to reinforce just how powerful and poignant
a road tested jazz trio of young lions can be.
Captured live in the studio, "Breakthrough" exudes
compositional brilliance, improvisation and interplay. The
trio pushes the envelope on Eldar's ,,Point of View Redux,"
and features guest vibraphonist Joe Locke on the pianist's
dizzying ,,Blink" and saxophonist Chris Potter on Eldar's
impressively layered title track. Eldar's arrangements of lrving
Berlin's ballad ,,What'll I Do" and the whimsical Redd Evans/
David Mann composition ,,No Moon at All" feature electric bassist Gola switching to an acoustic upright instrument,
playing evocative lines as Afonso eschews drumsticks to
provide stirring brushwork. There's even a telekinetic cover
of British pop band Radiohead's ,,Morning Bell." ,,There's
a special connection within this trio," Eldar says. ,,lt feels
like we're all playing one single instrument." All the more
remarkable as this youthful unit plays at exhilarating speeds
and yet maintains a distinctly heartfelt touch.