Taylor Eigsti: I Love You
I Love You
Taylor Eigsti (piano)
Let It Come to You (Concord 30330)
Composed by Cole Porter.
Recorded: Berkeley, April 2-4, 2007
Rating: 95/100 (learn more)
You can't call Taylor Eigsti 'up-and-coming' or 'promising' any more. He has arrived, and demands our attention as one of the finest pianists of his generation. If you haven't heard this musician yet, don't wait any longer. I have been following his career since he was an adolescent, and there are no weak points in his arsenal at this point, only strengths. On this reworking of a Cole Porter standard, everything clicks. The harmonies, the phrasing, the dynamics, the interaction with the rhythm section, the sheer technical command of the instrument . . . they're all happening. And not in some dated, imitative way. This is the way the old standards should sound today, not like stuffy museum pieces, but as living, breathing music. I still meet jazz critics who haven't heard of this artist -- but, trust me, they soon will.
Reviewer: Ted Gioia