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Anton Schwartz CD Release Flash Mob w/ Taylor Eigsti
March 04, 2014
Flash Mob is currently #6 on the jazz radio charts & received a 4 star review by DownBeat Magazine!
Tuesday, March 4
Anton Schwartz - saxophone
Taylor Eigsti - piano
Tatum Greenblatt - trumpet
John Shifflett - bass
Lorca Hart - drums
Saxophonist & Composer Anton Schwartz celebrates the release of his highly anticipated new CD, Flash Mob, leading a stellar quintet.
"Impressive and virtually impossible to resist." - Buffalo News
"★★★★★… Anton Schwartz is back and better than ever with a release that will have heads turning in short order!" - Critical Jazz
"Schwartz has a wealth of musical ideas and always backs them with a solid high wire tenor!" - Jazzscene
In 1995, Anton Schwartz walked away from a high-powered academic career in Artificial Intelligence to play music full-time. Anton quickly gained an enthusiastic following as fans responded to what the San Francisco Chronicle called his “warm, generous tone, impeccably developed solos and infectious performance energy.” In the years since, Anton has won over listeners and critics at high-profile jazz venues across the country, including the Blue Note in New York, Yoshi’s in Oakland and San Francisco, Washington D.C.’s Blues Alley and the Monterey Jazz Festival. He recently performed an entire concert of solo saxophone for the 2013 San Francisco Jazz Festival. His four prior CDs have earned sterling reviews and extensive airplay, with his recent Radiant Blue hitting number four on the American jazz radio charts. His fifth, Flash Mob, was just released on January 28.
Billboard Magazine wrote of his CD, The Slow Lane, “Schwartz savors the implications of each note, allowing the listener to delight in the endless melodies created by his stirring improvisations.” Anton’s debut CD, When Music Calls, inspired the San Francisco Bay Guardian to report, “Anton Schwartz has everything you want to hear in a modern jazz saxophonist–an appealing, consistent tone, an abundance of ideas fueling both his compositions and his improvisations, and superb taste in musical collaborators.” Perhaps legendary saxophonist Illinois Jacquet put things most succinctly when he told Anton, “You play the tenor sax like it’s meant to be played.”
Anton is also in great demand as a teacher. He is a faculty member of The Jazzschool and Stanford Jazz Workshop, a clinician at the Brubeck Institute, and has been Artist in Residence at Harvard University and the Brubeck Institute Summer Jazz Colony.
New York-based pianist and composer Taylor Eigsti started playing the piano when he was 4 years old, inspired by his sister Shannon, a jazz and rock pianist. His musical journey since has been filled with many exciting opportunities to grow as a musician, artist, and educator. Becoming a bandleader at age 12, Eigsti was quickly labeled a prodigy, and released 4 early albums as a leader before having the opportunity to sign with Concord Records, where he has released three highly acclaimed albums. Eigsti has been recognized by critics internationally for his unique touch and rhythmic control, and his innovative improvisational storytelling.
The past few years have been especially exciting for the 26-year old California native. Eigsti released "Lucky to Be Me" in 2006, which was nominated for two GRAMMY awards for Best Instrumental Compostion and Best Instrumental Jazz Solo. Building on the momentum of the previous record, Eigsti was featured on the cover of both Keyboard Magazine and Jazziz Magazine, and was featured in his own BET Television special. Eigsti then released "Let it Come to You"(Concord) 2008, quickly garnering many four-star reviews from such publications as Downbeat Magazine and All Music Guide, and went to #2 in National Jazz Radio Airplay.