01/31/10 By wen mew
GERALD CLAYTON-TAYLOR EIGSTI DUAL CONCERT
THE BROAD STAGE, SANTA MONICA, CA. JAN. 30, 2010
SUNDAY, JANUARY 31, 2010
GERALD CLAYTON-TAYLOR EIGSTI JAN.30, 2010 THE BROAD STAGE, SANTA MONICA, CA.
KUDOS to THE BROAD STAGE, SANTA MONICA, CA. for presenting 2 of the brightest musical talents today, GERALD CLAYTON AND TAYLOR EIGSTI. Both in the their 20s, they have 70 year careers ahead of them.
Here's their brief bios from THE BROAD STAGE!
"At a time when jazz piano prodigies are moving into the spotlight around the world, Gerald Clayton is showing all the signs of becoming one of the most significant young jazz artists to emerge in the Southland in recent years."
-Los Angeles Times
"Taylor Eigsti is the most amazing talent I've ever come across. Remember him."
A part of local jazz royalty, Gerald Clayton grew up under the guidance and tutelage of the famous Clayton Brothers. In a short amount of time, he has worked with famed trumpeters Roy Hardgrove and Clark Terry, collaborated with celebrated pianists such as Hank Jones, Mulgrew Miller and Benny Green and played on Diana Krall's "From This Moment On."
Taylor Eigsti was signed to Concord Records at the young age of 21 and has already toured the world many times over as a solo artist and sideman. He has been featured on the covers of Jazziz and Keyboard Magazine and made the Downbeat Critic's Poll two years in a row. Recently he was nominated for two Grammy awards (Best Instrumental Composition and Best Instrumental Solo). Like Clayton, Taylor has worked with a wide and impressive list of artists including Joshua Redman, Christian McBride and Frederica Von Stade.
The two opened the concert with a blues by Clayton. Clayton provided the foundation for the piece by beginning with the lower end of the piano and plucking strings. It was very difficult to tell who was doing what unless you could see all four hands in operation. But perhaps it was just as well as the two complemented each other very nicely throughout the evening.
Needless to say both have incredible chops. Their mastery of 88 keys is a direct result of both beginning piano as infants. Since I've been in Santa Monica nearly 10 years, I missed most of Taylor's musical growth as he had to be 13 years old when I left the Bay Area. But he had already received raves from Dave Brubeck when he was 13 years old. Since I've been in Socal, I've heard Gerald in trio and with Roberta Gambarini. In fact 2 of his best recorded solos are on Roberta's Grammy nominated CD'S EASY TO LOVE AND SO IN LOVE. Clayton plays lyrical gems on ONLY TRUST YOUR HEART AND ESTATE.
The two then played a haunting ALONE TOGETHER swinging like hell throughout the piece. Both are classically trained and swing hard all the time. Every selection they played began with an appropriate intro and took you on a journey of jazz piano throughout the piece from the beginnings to the avant guard with very adventurous harmonies.
They played Gerald's "Two Heads One Pillow", some tension and conflict there.
Dizzy's CON ALMA was dissected and presented in all its grandeur with Clayton's chord substitutions.
They performed an untitled jOHN COLTRANE piece, discovered by his son Ravi. Taylor said he thought the piece would have been a jazz standard if Trane had performed it. It was hard for me to tell as they two played it differently than Trane would have played it.
For his solo, Taylor played his LUCKY TO BE ME from his last year's grammy nominated CD, and Gerald performed a medley of BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER AND JOHN BROWN'S BODY. You could hear the desperation of the lyrics to BRIDGE in Clayton's performance as I think he knows the lyrics.
The two then peformed one of Taylor's ballads inspired by Robert Frost.
They then closed the concert with a terrific combination of ALL THE THINGS YOU ARE AND GOODBAIT. I don't know whether this was planned, but Gerald opened with the classic Bird intro; along they way Taylor slipped in a fragment of GOODBAIT, and they subequently switched from one theme to the other, all the time swinging like crazy.
THIS WAS A GREAT PRESENTATION OF WORLD CLASS JAZZ BY THE BROAD THEATRE OF SANTA MONICA, AND HOPEFULLY THERE WILL BE MORE OF THIS.
MY OWN CD "SUNDAY MORNING SANTA MONICA" will be released this week. You can see a video on You Tube, WEN MEW SUNDAY MORNING SANTA MONICA, and listen to tracks at
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