1. Giant Steps
2. Get Your Hopes Up
3. Love for Sale
4. I’ve Seen It All
6. True Colors
7. Woke Up This Morning
9. Adventure One
10. Darn That Dream
11. Freedom Jazz Dance
12. Lucky To Be Me
Taylor Eigsti – Piano
Christian McBride – Bass (tracks 1-3, 7-9)
James Genus – Bass (tracks 4, 5, 10, 11)
Lewis Nash – Drums (tracks 1-3, 7-9)
Billy Kilson – Drums (tracks 4, 5, 10, 11)
Julian Lage – Guitar (tracks 2, 5, 6, 7)
Greg Adams – Trumpet (track 4)
Eric Marienthal – Saxophone (track 4)
Brian Swartz – Trumpet (track 7)
Ben Wendel – Tenor sax (track 7)
Adam Schroeder – Baritone sax (track 7)
Garrett Smith – Trombone (track 7)
colleges like Berklee turning out an endless
stream of technically skilled players, it
is no surprise to hear a 21-year-old American
pianist with a truly impressive technique.
He has already played with the likes of James
Moody and Ernestine Anderson but this is his
debut on a major label. He produces notes
in quickfire succession but each one is clearly
articulated, as in the opening Giant Steps
which hops lithely up and down the steps.
Love for Sale is given a jazz-rock
rhythm and Taylor’s solo has the muscularity
of Oscar Peterson. Promenade imparts
a jazz glow to the main theme from Mussorgsky’s
Pictures at an Exhibition. And the
album closes with a tender reading of Lucky
To Be Me, which shows that Taylor can
be sensitive as well as surprising.
guests add to the album’s appeal. Julian Lage
(introduced to us by Gary Burton) contributes
some tasty Metheny-like guitar to Get Your
Hopes Up (one of several originals by
Taylor) and duets lyrically with Eigsti on
True Colors (which they wrote together).
A horn section is added for the funky (but
rather repetitive) Woke Up This Morning.
Equally funky but more interesting is Eddie
Harris’s Freedom Jazz Dance, with some
stunning drumming from Billy Kilson matching
the pianist’s hailstorm of notes.
the album sleeve, Christian McBride comments:
"It was fun to play with Taylor. I look
forward to watching him blossom." This
CD already contains a lot of blossoms, and
we can look forward to plenty more bouquets.