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Grammy-nominated composer-pianist Vijay Iyer (pronounced “VID-jay EYE-yer”) was described by Pitchfork as "one of the most interesting and vital young pianists in jazz today," by The New Yorker as one of "today's most important pianists… extravagantly gifted… brilliantly eclectic," and by the Los Angeles Weekly as “a boundless and deeply ... Read more in Amazon's Vijay Iyer Store

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  • Vinyl (April 10, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Act Music & Vision
  • ASIN: B006XABKJQ
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #135,532 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Optimism
2. The Star of A Story
3. Accelerando
4. Actions Speak
Disc: 2
1. Mmmhmm
2. Little Pocket Size Demons
3. Human Nature

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Product Description

Accelerando sees Vijay Iyer and his telepathic trio mates bassist Stephen
Crump and drummer Marcus Gilmore light up material that ranges from
a brace of bold originals and pieces by great jazz composers to surprising
interpretations of vintage pop and funk tunes.

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The great new jazz piano trio. --New York Times

Truly astonishing ... they make challenging music sound immediately
enjoyable. --Npr

Truly astonishing ... they make challenging music sound immediately
enjoyable. --Npr

Truly astonishing ... they make challenging music sound immediately
enjoyable. --Npr

Customer Reviews

Nice sound when he plays it with the bow, gave a good solo..
Ad Arma
Like the "bad plus" this is a group in nyc you are supposed to dig but really,I wouldn't go back to this disc often at all..
HELION
Here we have the newest offering from one of jazz music's most creative & original piano trios the Vijay Iyer Trio.
Jonathan Guarriello

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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Guarriello on March 20, 2012
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Here we have the newest offering from one of jazz music's most creative & original piano trios the Vijay Iyer Trio. Last year their previous trio album Historicity was on many best of lists. The trio features the talents of Marcus Gilmore on drums, one of the most in demand drummers on the modern jazz scene. Gilmore slices & dices the beat with mathematical prowess but above all makes the music groove. Stephen Crump on acoustic bass is the glue holding it together. On this album Vijay gives the listener his usual singular arrangements of interesting cover material such as Michael Jackson's "Human Nature" which Iyer investigated on his first solo piano albumSolo & Duke Ellington's "The Village of the Virgins" which closes the album on a grooving note. The title track "Accelerando" demonstrates that musical term to a tee using tempo shifts allowing the whole group to slow down & accelerate perfectly in sync with eachother. It makes for some of the coolest piano jazz & ensemble concecpts that I'v ever heard. The music plays almost like a suite each piece moving into the next with a continuos flow. In my opinion this trio has surpassed all their previous efforts with this new release. I also think this is Iyer's most accessible music to date with melody & feel taking top priority within the trio. Also of note is the development of Vijay's piano voice which to my ears has reached a certain maturity which allows him to express whatever emotion he happens to be feeling. If your already a fan of this trio than have no fear & buy this cd. If your looking for a fresh approach to jazz piano than you should check this out.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Debra Jan Bibel TOP 500 REVIEWER on April 10, 2012
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Vijay Iyer's previous albums were opaque to me, but for some reason this album, Accelerando, is accessible, and it captured my interest. In the eclectic selection of tunes and Iyer's own compositions a jaggedness of melody compounded by strong staccato piano strokes emphasize the tempo and measures. The extended bass solo of Stephan Crump in Optimism becomes a crystal on which piano and drums coalesce. Marcus Gilmore's consistent drumming of the following track does create a fascinating epic narration over which Iyer's piano work becomes an anthem. The familiar Porcaro/Bettis tune Human Nature is chopped into various syncopated rhythmic and improvisational sections. The uncultivated randomness of a wildflower is manifested in the performance of the tune of the same name. Track 6, mmmhmm, rests on a pleasnt repeating descending phrase, but the demons of the next track play havoc far too long for my taste. Lude, the next piece, is a relief from the din but bass and drums create a downer sense of foreboding. Iyer's title track would probably make Stravinsky and Thelonious Monk smile with its play of tempo variation. This propulsion continues with Actions Speak (which I presume are louder than words), and it is here that we hear the album's drum solo. The last track is Duke Ellington's obscure work, The Village of the Virgins, which is from his 1970 ballet score, The River. It is taken slow and dignified. Together, the album demonstrates the Vijay Iyer Trio's unique creativity. Their sound, that of the late E.S.T., and the current The Bad Plus are moving jazz into interesting frontiers of the avant-garde. [I dig Anish Kapoor's sculpture on the cover, though I found the e.e. cummings-like absence of capitals throughout the textual notes a tad affected.]
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By PDX-ish guy on January 30, 2013
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Not sure why this CD didn't hit other people well, but I think it's great. I suppose one could theoretically level the "math jazz" epithet at this, but I don't hear that at all. I hear three guys that grew up listening to a whole bunch of different genres and folding it all back into a very unique and original group effort. It sounds very modern and free of cliches. But, different strokes, etc. I find it solid.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Manuel Grosso Galvan on March 24, 2012
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Vijay Iyer is now one of the more interesting pianist in the world. He says that "tempo is measured in beats per minute: time divided by time" and this CD is the demostration of this. The use of different tempos in the same composition is a adventure of sound and life. In flamenco exist one word for this; "compas". Each musician plays at different tempos but the music exist in another space. Stephan Crump at bass a Marcus Gilmore at drums make possible this exercise of creativity . Iyer play and play in different levels and different references. From "Human Nature" to Henry Threadgill or Duke Ellinton or his own composition. Is eloquent how is possible the descostruccion of the song of Mikel Jakson, from melody to simples beats, really incredible . "Accelerando" is a master piece of jazz today, you can feel inside you ,how work music in the time , in our time. Brillant, apasionate, sensory and inexhaustible. Every time you heart the album you can find different things. If you like jazz you must buy this record sure will be one of the best of this 20012.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Douglas Groothuis on April 13, 2013
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Mr Iyer is a unique and intriguing force in and on modern jazz. He synthesizes American jazz tradition with the flavors and colors of India. He is a master of intricate time signatures, complex arrangements, and flowing solo work. I was blessed to see him perform at Dazzle in Denver a few months ago. I was enchanted, as was everyone else, I surmise.

But Iyer's work is not mere "heady jazz." It has a heart and soul and fire permeating the sophistication. Please listen to this man, and be grateful for music from the Muse.
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