Eldar – Virtue

Sony – 2009
Ray Redmond

Virtue, the new recording from jazz keyboard virtuoso Eldar affirms his position as one of the young lions of contemporary jazz and is a fitting follow-up to his 2008 Grammy-nominated album, re-imagination.

An immigrant from the former Soviet Union, Eldar started recording as a leader when he was in his mid-teens, and had recorded three albums before his 18th birthday. 

On Virtue Eldar merges bebop, hard bop, post-bop and swing influences with guest appearances by trumpeter Nicholas Payton and saxophonists Joshua Redman and Felipe Lamoglia to again create a release that reflects his unique style.