Lucky to Be Me

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
What can you say about a 21-year-old jazz pianist who begins with John Coltrane's "Giant Steps," turns the harmony inside out, twists the mode, and presents its mirror image and reflects the composer's lyricism and fire in fiery post-bop language, and still maintain the integrity of the tune? Only that it's Taylor Eigsti. Lucky to Be Me is Eigsti's third album, and his first for Concord. It reeks of self-confidence and a bad boy's sense of mischief, and with good reason: Eigsti's got the chops, both technically and inspirationally, to pull this -- and much more -- off. The instrumentation on this set is varied. Musicians include bassist Christian McBride, drummer Lewis Nash ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
What can you say about a 21-year-old jazz pianist who begins with John Coltrane's "Giant Steps," turns the harmony inside out, twists the mode, and presents its mirror image and reflects the composer's lyricism and fire in fiery post-bop language, and still maintain the integrity of the tune? Only that it's Taylor Eigsti. Lucky to Be Me is Eigsti's third album, and his first for Concord. It reeks of self-confidence and a bad boy's sense of mischief, and with good reason: Eigsti's got the chops, both technically and inspirationally, to pull this -- and much more -- off. The instrumentation on this set is varied. Musicians include bassist Christian McBride, drummer Lewis Nash the rhythm section on the aforementioned and the gorgeous read of Cole Porter's "Love for Sale" just to name two, saxophonist Eric Marienthal, drummer Billy Kilson, bassist James Genus, guitarist Julian Lage, trumpeter Greg Adams, and more. The shifting instrumentation and arrangements are characterized by the tunes. McBride and Nash also appear on a jazz read of Mussorgsky's "Promenade" and Alabama 3's "Woke Up This Morning," the theme from The Sopranos. That's not the half of it, though: there are startling versions of Eddie Harris' "Freedom Jazz Dance," "Darn That Dream," and Björk's "I've Seen It All." Eigsti brings freshness, sophistication, and a deep sense of maturity to these tunes. He reinvents them without ever tearing them apart; in other words, his sense of "song" is profound and foremost. The Harris tune is introduced by the a series of contrapuntal moves by Eigsti and then flipped over into some kind of bop/modal thing -- all the while keeping the rhythm intact and forceful. But it is, perhaps, on his own compositions, like the lovely "Get Your Hopes Up," where he shines most. Eigsti is not an academic player, though he is a flashy one. His sense of harmony and melody is not far removed from the euphoric dynamics of Pat Metheny's, and here, as in everything he writes on Lucky to Be Me, the sense of time is fluid -- floating and yet anchored by his left hand. Eigsti engages Lage on the head and then slips around him, playing behind the beat first, double-timing it next, and finally coming right through the middle of it to allow the lyric to reestablish itself as the prominent voice in the tune. His large, open-ringing chords are the signatures he imposes on his harmonics and his changeups. This is a solid date throughout. Though the track listing may read like it's schizophrenic and manic, the disc is anything but. It flows from top to bottom, and the listener will no doubt be moved and awed by some of Eigsti's pyrotechnics -- though they always have soul -- and on the tunes that feature Lage, listeners will be awed, too, by his command of the jazz guitar language. Lucky to Be Me is a mature, fiery, and surprising set by a talent who is still getting started while arriving fully formed as an artist.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/28/2006
  • Label: Concord Records
  • UPC: 013431229926
  • Catalog Number: 2299
  • Sales rank: 198,273

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Giant Steps (5:15)
  2. 2 Get Your Hopes Up (5:11)
  3. 3 Love for Sale (3:14)
  4. 4 I've Seen It All (5:32)
  5. 5 Argument (4:33)
  6. 6 True Colors (4:32)
  7. 7 Woke Up This Morning (5:38)
  8. 8 Promenade (5:36)
  9. 9 Adventure One (6:56)
  10. 10 Darn That Dream (4:54)
  11. 11 Freedom Jazz Dance (4:55)
  12. 12 Lucky to Be Me (3:09)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Taylor Eigsti Primary Artist, Piano, Vocals
Lewis Nash Drums
James Genus Bass, Bass Guitar
Billy Kilson Drums, Guest Appearance
Eric Marienthal Saxophone, Guest Appearance
Christian McBride Bass Guitar
Garrett Smith Trombone
Julian Lage Guitar
Brian Swartz Trumpet
Ben Wendel Tenor Saxophone
Adam Schroeder Baritone Saxophone
Technical Credits
Leonard Bernstein Composer
Modest Mussorgsky Composer
Eddie Harris Composer
John Coltrane Composer
Betty Comden Composer
Eddie DeLange Composer
Adolph Green Composer
Cole Porter Composer
Doug Sax Mastering
Al Schmitt Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Garrett Smith Horn Arrangements
May Ann Topper Project Concept
James Van Heusen Composer
Abbey Anna Art Direction
Björk Gudmundsdottir Composer
Sigurjon Sigurdsson Composer
Julian Lage Composer
Piers Marsh Composer
Taylor Eigsti Arranger, Composer, Liner Notes, Horn Arrangements
Seth Presant Engineer
Andrew Pham Art Direction
Riku Campo Groomer
Chester Burnett Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Piano Jazz Album

    This is a beautiful piano Jazz CD with plenty of imagination and passion. Taylor is an amazing pianist and his skills are clearly on show on this CD. Each song has its own personal story in the music, its genius. I highly recommend this album, and I'm sure Taylor is just getting started.

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