Most sophomores at the University of Southern California are still trying to figure out their major fields.
Most sophomores at the University of Southern California are still trying to figure out their major fields. USC sophomore/pianist Taylor Eigsti, however, is obviously majoring in tracking impressive jazz albums, and his latest venture, "Resonance," deserves an A+. Working in a trio setting with John Shifflett (bass) and Jason Lewis (drums), Eigsti takes on compositions by Chick Corea, Mercer Ellington, Sonny Rollins and Ivan Lins. Throughout, he proves that he is hardly out of his depth. Check the patience and deft touch in Eigsti's take on Matt Dennis' "Angel Eyes." His propulsive soloing on Ray Bryant's "Cubano Chant" is breathtaking; his ear for the rhythmic nuances of the number is just as notable. The Eigsti original, "Avolation," swings with as much force and savvy as any track on the album, highlighting a composer/ player who's going to have a major-league jazz career. Distributed by Image Entertainment.—PVV