Pianist Eldar Djangirov, widely regarded as a prodigy of sorts throughout his teen and even pre-teen years, is now a 26-year-old veteran with many accomplishments to his name. His latest is a pair of CDs—one jazz, the other classical, both self-produced—that were recorded over the course of a single week, with disparate personnel in separate studios.
The first of the records, the jazz release, dropped in early April. Titled Breakthrough, the disc features Eldar’s longstanding trio—bassist Armando Gola and drummer Ludwig Afonso—and includes guest appearances from vibraphonist Joe Locke and saxophonist Chris Potter. “There’s a special connection within this trio,” Eldar says. “It feels like we’re all playing one single instrument.”
Captured live in the studio, Breakthrough is the New York City-based Eldar’s debut release on the Motéma Music imprint.
Eldar’s second Motéma release, Bach/Brahms/Prokofiev, is the pianist’s second solo album and his first entirely classical outing. Recorded at Manhattan Center Studios, the disc is will be available on May 14.
Taken together, Breakthrough and Bach/Brahms/Prokofiev represent yet another major accomplishment in Eldar’s nicely evolving career.