[Dixielandjazz] The Pianist Eldar
ROBERT R. CALDER
serapion at btinternet.com
Mon Jul 14 13:36:31 PDT 2008
I may have missed the reference to Eldar. I seem to remember one to Taylor Eigsti, a youngster I thought well enough of in writing a review of a CD of his. Eldar was another matter, delivering Oscar Peterson's "Place St. Henri" (with a stride interlude which Peterson premiered as a variation on something else in the 1950s) with at least as much power as Peterson and maybe an easier transition between the more bop-influenced and the stride passages than Peterson did on his recording of his Canadiana Suite.
This is because in sheer mechanical technique he is pretty well Peterson's equal. I sincerely hope San Francisco will hear rather more than the pastiche of McCoy Tyner also thrown into Eldar's recorded performance of the Peterson number. There really are some stunningly capable young musicians these days, but only some of them manifest a sufficiently thorough capability associated with music and meaning, rather than more and more notes and mere manual dexterity.
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