By Jon Regen
Prodigious piano wunderkind Eldar tackles the solo piano pantheon and wins with a knockout punch. Equal parts technical testimony and heartfelt homage to his penchant for standards, originals, and classical, the album brims with fire and feeling. Check out his masterful reading of the Charlie Parker cutting room classic “Donna Lee” for just a sliver of the album’s offerings.
(Sony Masterworks Jazz | eldarjazz.com)