Eldar: Place St. Henri
Place St. Henri
re-imagination (Sony 705837)
Carlos Henríquez (bass), Ali Muhammed Jackson (drums).
Composed by Oscar Peterson.
Recorded: New York, December 11-21, 2006
Rating: 91/100 (learn more)
Jazz is a borderless art. Among the first to prove it was Montreal's Oscar Peterson, who took jazzdom by storm in 1949, when topflight players were thought not to exist north of Boston. Nowadays they hail from Kyrgyzstan! At least, that's where pianist Eldar Djangirov was born in 1987. Here, Eldar and Oscar converge at "Place St. Henri" from Peterson's 1964 Canadiana Suite. Recorded a year before its composer's death, this track honors both men. A technical tour de force, "Place St. Henri" encompasses the history of jazz piano from stride to bop. If anyone wonders where the next Oscar Peterson might come from, the answer is clear: Kyrgyzstan.
Reviewer: Alan Kurtz