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Eldar

Hard bop/post-bop pianist Eldar Djangirov has accomplished something that the vast majority of jazz artists -- pianists or otherwise -- will never accomplish: he landed a contract with a major label (Sony Classical) when he still wasn't old enough to vote. It is not uncommon for people to learn to play jazz during their adolescent years (especially in Western Europe), but most of them won't record an album as a leader until they are in their twenties; many won't even be recorded as sidemen until after they reach their twenties. Djangirov, however, started recording as a leader when he was in his mid-teens, and had recorded three albums before his 18th birthday. Djangirov, an immigrant from what used to be the Soviet Union, brings an intriguing variety of bebop, hard bop, post-bop and swing influences to his work. The acoustic pianist (who also plays electric keyboards but is essentially straight-ahead in his approach) has been greatly affected by the clear, crystalline playing of Bill Evans, Dave Brubeck, Keith Jarrett, and Ahmad Jamal; like those musicians, he can be quite lyrical (sometimes in an impressionistic way). But he has also shown his appreciation of Oscar Peterson and Red Garland's funkiness at times, and his other influences range from McCoy Tyner to Bud Powell to pre-bop master Art Tatum. A Djangirov solo might acknowledge anything from Thelonious Monk's angularity to Garland's use of what musicians refer to as "block chords" (a technique that is easy for jazz listeners to recognize even if they don't understand the exact technical meaning of the term). Despite having recorded for Sony Classical, Djangirov is not a classical-oriented musician -- straight-ahead jazz is definitely his main focus. But like many jazz musicians, he has been influenced by the European classical tradition and can bring some of the Euro-classical vocabulary to his improvisations.

Djangirov was born on January 28, 1987 in Kyrgyzstan in the former Soviet Union, which did away with communism when he was only a child. At the age of five, he began studying the piano with his mother Tatiana Djangirov (who was a music teacher in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan). In 1996, a nine-year-old Eldar Djangirov performed at a jazz festival in Novosibirsk, Russia, where a visiting American jazz supporter named Charles McWhorter heard him for the first time. Feeling that the young pianist had a great deal of potential, McWhorter arranged for him to attend a summer camp at the Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan. Djangirov ended up staying in the United States; after leaving Michigan, he lived in Kansas City before making San Diego, CA his home. The improviser's first album, Eldar [D&D], was released in 2001, when he was 14; that disc was followed by the release of his sophomore disc, Handprints, in 2003. In 2004, Djangirov signed with Sony Classical and recorded his third album, which is also titled Eldar [Sony]; the album boasts John Patitucci on bass and Michael Brecker on tenor sax and was given a March 2005 release date. Two years later Eldar released Re-Imagination, which saw the pianist stretching out into solo acoustic piano and even electronica territory. Virtue appeared in 2009. ~ Alex Henderson
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Three Stories

1. I Should Care

2. Prelude In C# Major

3. Darn That Dream

4. Windows

5. Etude Op. 2 No. 1

6. In Walked Bud

7. Three Stories

8. So Damn Lucky

9. Embraceable You

10. Russian Lullaby

11. Air On A G String

12. Impromtu

13. Rhapsody In Blue

14. Donna Lee

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Track List: Re-Imagination

2. Interlude #1 (Soul Glare)

3. Prairie Village

4. Out Of Nowhere

5. Interlude #2 (Ordered Chaos)

6. Back Home

7. Place St Henri

8. Tears

9. South Bixel

10. Dream Song

11. Polaris

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Track List: Eldar

1. Sweet Georgia Brown

2. Nature Boy

3. Moanin'

4. Point Of View (feat. Michael Brecker)

5. Raindrops

6. Lady Wicks

7. Maiden Voyage

8. 'Round Midnight

9. Ask Me Now

10. Watermelon Island

11. Fly Me To The Moon

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Track List: Live At The Blue Note

1. What Is This Thing Called Love (Live)

2. Someday (Live)

3. You Don't Know What Love Is (Live)

4. Daily Living (Live)

5. Dat Dere (Live)

6. Besame Mucho (Live)

7. Straight, No Chaser (Live)

8. Sincerely (Live)

9. Chronicle (Live)

10. Take The (Live)

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gotwist
I was at a Jazz Club In KC called the Phoenix a number of years ago and they were doing a Saturday afternoon jam. Eldar's father brought him in and asked if he could play. The piano was a tight fit behind a horse shoe bar. They lifted Eldar over the bar, someone said he was 9 years old. He started ripping into Satin Doll and the bass man answered . Eldar looked up and smiled and nodded , the bass man nodded back and they took off. It was electric . I am 72 , jazz fan all my life..that was IT...
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Every time I hear Eldar emerge from the mix it takes only a bar or two and I am smiling, transported to a joy that is as reliable as it is unexpected. I am grateful...
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herbertgolds t e i n 7 6
Just heard this guy the for the 1st time. I'm almost 73, found jazz when I was about 20, have heard many greats who play piano, live in clubs. This guy is right up there. My personal fav was the late and great Thelonius Sphere Monk. He once said: the notes I don't play are also important! Keep listening, keep the faith, and know that there are still great ones to come. Love to Eldar! Miss Dave Brubeck/Clar k Terry,,, Shout out to the Marsalis family...
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oliviabryan3 6 WOW!!!!!!!! LIke a GREAT LOVER!
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noblenotes27
His sense of timing adds a lot to his playing
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incredible pianist. dave brubeck, keith jerrett and ahmad jamal are also my inspirations
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Incredible. Thank you Pandora for bringing this artist to my ears.
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faythbond
After a long tiring day ... my daughter was born to George Winston 's "December ". God timed that one perfectly!!! I'll never forget that as long as I live. Perfect song for the perfect moment. =)
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newstorycons u l t i n g
Amazing. Always carries me away. Brilliant.
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His music made me stop and listen. Wonderful!
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Remarkable mastery of the keyboard, with nuance and color expected of an aging master. This is genius, and gift which knows no ethnic, religious or cultural boundary.
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mmd862
he carries on a great tradition.
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Inspirationa l and illuminating . . .
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proof of god given talent.
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latoyadhende r s o n 1 0
Amazing song Someday. I am a lover of the piano... He truly used the entire piano. I will be purchasing this CD as well.
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excellent
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When I hear insensitive I smile, dude is brilliant
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This guy was blessed with a musical gift. This track is proof of that.
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im a jazz pianist, this guy is a jazz piano master...
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jdavis07041
This young man must be descended from Art Tatum ... my goodness ... great stuff!
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Eldar is simply a musical genius. This is how a piano should sound. From pianist to the next I love it dude keep it going teach me more, GMG.
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mkamoski
Wow. How many great piano players are there? I have been listening to Jazz piano on Pandora a lot this year. I never heard of this guy Eldar Djangirov until today. He is awesome. I admit that I am unaware of a lot. But, what I am trying to say here is that it is very nice make a find like this. I wonder often who do I like best and I just know that I cannot even try to answer that unless I listen more. But, time is limited. So, who to listen to? This guy is worth a listen. Thanks.
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Wow man great stuff.
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Thanks Pandora, Eldar is a great fund for me!
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mmd862
This is beautiful... . . . . . . . .
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Lyrical and masterful playing.
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Oscar Pettersen is reborn..Oh My...!
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keoni218
This is why Pandora RULES. I'm chillin listening to my Diana Krall station and up comes Eldar's version of Nature Boy. This kid is genius! Instantly created the Eldar station. Might have to pick up some cd's or downloads to support the artist!
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Eldar has a quality like Miles Davis had I like him much
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Great playing - feel lucky to have stumbled across his playing. I'll definitely be listening to him for awhile..
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kimwatson9
Beautiful... it brought me to tears at the interlude. WOW! What a talent!
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What a master
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eganeles
One of the best current piano players. I was lucky to attend his performance at Carmel Jazz Radio - unforgettabl e !
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Beautiful playing of the timeless classics!
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a master!!
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chrisenator
One word... WOW!
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teegreazy
Mind blowing... swift on the keys and is able to keep the verses in tack. I love this tune.
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linedeckerfa m
I'll have to listen to some Uehara, Adoram. I really like this guy. He can go all over (on the keyboard).
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Amazing..all over the key board. Technical versatility but not at the expense of his lyricism. Rare for such a young artist..
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Prairie Village: love, love, love this tune. Eldar is doin' his thing.
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Unparalelled excellence.
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His music is breathtaking . He came up on my Avishai Cohen station.
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i had never heard eldar before and was blown away! he showed up on my bill evans station and i'm going to add him as VARIETY!
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FABULOUS!
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Very very talented! But don't leave out Hiromi Uehara from the list of amazing young pianists.
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What james michael tucci said! He really caught my attention as I was working away...."Thu m b s up".
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When I hear this young man perform all I can think about is just how high the bar has been raised over the past decade. Let's hope such talent encourages equally gifted jazz musicians. The genre has been ignored for so many years; wherein some the most brilliant innovators, composers and technicians have been forced to eat white bread with their plate of beans...meta p h o r i c a l l y speaking that is.
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that is some kind of good piano. impressive!
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I think this guys is the most talented pianist around right now... His music is all fulfilling.
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This guy could be a very signigicant jazz artist.
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