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Eldar Djangirov : Three Stories

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On Three Stories, his first solo piano release for Sony, Eldar Djangirov offers a stunning triptych of his abilities: ethereal classics (Bach, Scriabin), clever re-imaginations (Gershwin, Cahn, Van Heusen, Chick Corea, Monk, Charlie Parker, Dave Matthews) and heady originals.

Like Keith Jarrett, Eldar’s classical training has informed his jazz chops, and vice versa. Other than a tempo more postbop than Baroque, he refrains from jazzifying his articulate, rippling Bach “Prelude in C# Major,” while he reconsiders “Air on a G String” as a restless drift, alternating dark quandaries and delicate swirls. Scriabin’s “Etude Op.2 No. 1” opens with a tinkling cluster reminiscent of Marilyn Crispell before settling into a more robust interpretation that merges romanticism and subtle invention.

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