|Institution:||California State University, Long Beach|
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Jazz pianist Taylor Eigsti is one of the most spot-lighted jazz musicians today. He has played with many jazz luminaries, such as Dave Brubeck, Esperanza Spalding, Joshua Redman, James Moody, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Chris Potter, Christian McBride, Gertchen Parlato, Ambrose Akinmusire, Julian Lage and many more. Eigsti has also been recognized as a remarkable writer for his Grammy-nominated album Lucky to Be Me in the category of Best Instrumental Composition in 2006, orchestral works, and the theme music on the film Detachment (2011). I will analyze his compositional style using two of his compositions: 'Magnolia' and 'Midnight after Noon' from his latest album Daylight at Midnight (2010). Eigsti's asymmetrical phrasings, unusual chord progressions using common tones, and various harmonic rhythm displacements will be discussed in the project. Lastly, I will compose an original tune within his writing style to represent the unique colors of Eigsti's sound.