REVIEWS

Friday, July 4th, 2008 11:15 AM

Recent Excerpts and Links to Full Reviews.....

TAYLOR EIGSTI, "LET IT COME TO YOU"
Washington Post - Mike Joyce

"...the pianist is fully engaged with his bandmates and guests, emphasizing group interaction rather than solo improvisations or routine piano-driven arrangements."
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TAYLOR EIGSTI, "LET IT COME TO YOU"
Downbeat Magazine - Robert Doerschuk - July Issue

"...Taylor Eigsti assembles the strong attributes of all the aforementioned albums – the intelligence, emotional depth, technical assurance and buoyant swing – with confidence and joy." 4 Stars

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TAYLOR EIGSTI, "LET IT COME TO YOU"
JazzReview.com - Thomas R. Erdmann

"This, Eigsti´s latest CD, is easily his best.  The fire and hard swinging harmonically ambitious elements all seen in his earlier work come to perfect fruition on the eleven cuts included here.  So accomplished is Eigsti that tenor saxophonist Joshua Redman is forced to turn in what may be the most brilliant solo of his career on Pat Metheny´s "Timeline."  Eigsti pushes the saxophonist with such force of will, musical drive and extended chordal implications that Redman´s searing solo had to be as accomplished as the one he turns in for fear of anything less being an utter failure when compared to Eigsti´s musical passion....This will easily be on the Top 10 Jazz Discs of 2008 list."
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TAYLOR EIGSTI, "LET IT COME TO YOU"
All About Jazz - Chris May

"Everyone who hears him seems to agree: Taylor Eigsti is the most exciting progressive-mainstream pianist to come along in a very long time....A virtuoso technician—a child prodigy, at age 12 he opened for singers Diana Krall and Al Jarreau—he's also an inventive bandleader and arranger who puts his line-ups together with imagination and then plays to his colleagues' strengths. Above all, he's an electrifying improviser, bursting with ideas and wholly free of cliche.....This is a monster of an album"
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TAYLOR EIGSTI, "LET IT COME TO YOU"
Pop Matters - Chad Berndtson

"Every new hotshot jazz pianist upstart seems to have built in backlash—do we really have room for another one? With Taylor Eigsti, the answer is an unqualified yes. As the, yep, hotshot jazz pianist upstart moves out of his wünderkind stage and into "what else you got" maturity, he can add another feather to his already-festooned cap with Let It Come to You....The keeper is "Timeline", an intensely realized tete-a-tete between Eigsti and Redman, dedicated to the late Michael Brecker. Brecker would be proud—the confluence of Redman´s bluesy, torrid lines and Eigsti´s radiant runs makes for lean simpatico. A mesmerizing listen."
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TAYLOR EIGSTI, "LET IT COME TO YOU"
All About Jazz - Martin Gladu

"It is always a joy, not to mention quite reassuring, for any serious acoustic jazz cognoscente to happen upon a young interpreter of the music that not only masters its tradition, but significantly develops his own voice and sound."
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TAYLOR EIGSTI, "LET IT COME TO YOU"
EJazzNews - Edward Blanco

"Former child prodigy and two-time Grammy-nominated pianist Taylor Eigsti releases his sixth overall CD and second for the Concord Jazz label, in what is sure to be another Grammy contender with "Let It Come to You."
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TAYLOR EIGSTI, "LET IT COME TO YOU"
Boston Herald - Kevin R. Convey

"In our "American Idol"-ized age, youthful virtuosity is a given, the price of admission to a long shot at fame or the more likely short trip back to obscurity. But 23-year-old jazz pianist Eigsti is the real thing. Not only has he made a second album that tops his heralded debut, he´s already leaving his influences (Art Tatum, Phineas Newborn) behind and sounding like his own man, a rare trait among players his age."
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LET IT COME TO YOU:
HARDLY A "FALLBACK PLAN" FOR TAYLOR EIGSTI

Jazz Police - Andrea Canter

"Taylor seems to readily meld his influences, effectively weaving basic components of each through his individual approach to composition and improvisation. Fluid improvisation is at the core of each arrangement, each original work; harmonies are luxurious, rhythms sure and at times playful and downright funky. 'Let It Come To You' shows us that early promise has evolved into mature technique and imagination. This is not a prodigy at work, but an adult talent to be admired, discussed, even criticized as a leading voice."
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TAYLOR EIGSTI, "LET IT COME TO YOU"
All Music Guide - Johnathan Widran

"There comes a time in every former prodigy's life when he/she has to be judged by their output as an adult. Eigsti's just keeps getting more compelling and inspiring."
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TAYLOR EIGSTI, "LET IT COME TO YOU"
All About Jazz - Jerry D'Souza

"Eigsti's firm sense of harmony and focused direction turn this outing into a delicious adventure. He gives melody its due even as his innovations brim with exciting ideas. His band adds to the impact, and he is astute enough to utilize the line-up for maximum impact."
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TAYLOR EIGSTI, "LET IT COME TO YOU"
Midwest Record - Chirs Specter

"Delightful set that moves and grooves in a mighty way, Eigsti not only plays up a storm, but he seems poised to really start taking things by storm. Hot stuff."
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TAYLOR EIGSTI: "LET IT COME TO YOU"
EJazzNews - Glenn Astarita

"Eigsti covers a gamut of emotive and stylistic perspectives as his artfully constructed solos are designed with rapid arpeggios and fluid single note runs. Good things loom on the horizon for this major young talent!"
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TAYLOR EIGSTI: "LET IT COME TO YOU"
Jazz Echo - (In German)

"Obwohl er erst 23 Jahre alt ist, kann der Pianist, Komponist und Bandleader Taylor Eigsti schon eine erstaunlich umfangreiche eigene Diskographie vorweisen: "Let It Come To You" ist bereits sein sechstes Album und der Nachfolger seines 2006 erschienenen Concord-Debüts "Lucky To Be Me", für das er zwei Grammy-Nominierungen erhielt."
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TAYLOR EIGSTI QUARTET AT SCULLERS, BOSTON
All About Jazz - Michael Epstein

"The effect of last night's show was not simply happiness, but instead a reminder of the sheer joy and fun we can experience through live music. As an audience member I felt, to put it in the words of an Eigsti recording, lucky to be me"
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LUCKY TO BE ME
Taylor Eigsti | Concord Records (2006)
All About Jazz, Dr. Judith Schlesinger

" 'Lucky to Be Me' is the fifth release by the talented pianist/composer Taylor Eigsti, and his first on the Concord label. Concord thought enough of Eigsti's label debut to bracket him with some of the best players in the business, including Christian McBride and Lewis Nash. And given the numerous photos of this handsome 21 year-old, they also seem to be positioning him as the next pop idol—and why not, when it's becoming increasingly important to introduce the next generation to authentic jazz?"
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LUCKY TO BE ME
Taylor Eigsti | Concord Records (2006)
All About Jazz, Paul Ryan

"To play with veteran jazzmen like Christian McBride and Lewis Nash at the tender age of 21, you have to have both talent and a good dose of confidence. Pianist Taylor Eigsti possesses both of these traits and then some, as his first album on Concord, Lucky To Be Me, indicates."
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TAYLOR EIGSTI AND THE PRODIGY THING
All About Jazz, Dr. Judith Schlesinger
October 22, 2004

"What I'm experiencing now is that "youth" and prodigy" are really dangerous words when you get older. You get to an age where you feel like saying, "Like my music or hate it, but listen to the notes I'm playing." When people call you "good for your age" it's just a filter: when those people hear my music, it's like they're looking at a bearded lady--- Taylor the bearded lady! (laughs) They're in it for the novelty, and not for the actual music itself. So being labelled a prodigy poses an immense difficulty in getting people to take your music seriously."
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TAYLOR EIGSTI: PRODIGY TAKING JAZZ WORLD BY STORM
All About Jazz, Katie Alvarez
March 11, 2004

"Listening to the opening moments of Resonance, the Bop City debut of piano whirlwind Taylor Eigsti, is scary enough — those incendiary octaves that ignite "Got a Match" into a postbop firestorm.

Imagine, though, what it was like to experience this intensity first-hand when this surreally gifted player, all of ten or eleven years old, blew me off the bandstand."
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RESONANCE
Taylor Eigsti | Bop City Records (2003)
All About Jazz, Dr. Judith Schlesinger

"Resonance, Eigsti's first truly wide release, showcases his incredible technique, enthusiasm and imagination."
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