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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 19, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: PI Recordings
  • ASIN: B0009WFEYQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #526,641 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Troy Collins on July 26, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Fieldwork is a jazz trio modeled after the collective ideology of a rock band. Featuring pianist Vijay Iyer as the only constant member of the group, Fieldwork has a rhythmic intensity derived from the old M-Base school initiated by Steve Coleman and Greg Osby, Iyer's former mentors. "Simulated Progress" features saxophonist Steve Lehman and drummer Elliott Humberto Kavee. Lehman is new to the trio, replacing former saxophonist Aaron Stewart and Kavee has already been replaced by current percussionist Tyshawn Sorey. Despite the shifting personnel, Fieldwork maintains a focused exploration of rhythm and collective identity.

With a program of drivingly insistent originals, Fieldwork leaves little room for sonic respite. Lock step grooves, fluid tempo shifts and dense harmonic structures define the trio's aesthetic. Iyer reveals little of his introspective side here as left hand rumbling bass notes and skittering right hand solo runs dominate. Lehman sounds like an M-Base schooled saxophonist, but has a fixation on the Chicago school as well. His studies with Anthony Braxton come through in his use of multiphonics and extended techniques, especially on "Transitions," something not commonly associated with the more conservatively tonal playing of the typical M-Base graduate. Kavee's drumming is tight, but never so rigid as to be redundant.

Noted Hip-Hop/Rock producer Scotty Hard adds a terse edge to the session. Hard's production enables the trio the same rhythmic weight as a rock band without ever losing the dynamic sensibility integral to a trio like this. Much like Tchad Blake's production on the Bad Plus' studio recordings, Hard captures all the density of Kavee's drum kit and the high tension wire like resonance of Iyer's bass note hammering.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Boggs on November 17, 2005
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I heard about this group on NPR and decided to check them out. The segment on NPR called them "a power trio for the 21st century" and I think that's pretty much right on the money. A lot of very rhythmic music that feels very futuristic, yet somehow strangely danceable. There's some incredible solos too, but most of the record is more atmospheric and quietly troubling. Highly recommended for anyone interested in the cutting-edge.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Alex Brown on November 16, 2005
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I usually don't write Amazon reviews, but this album is inspiring in a way that merits special attention. Vijay Iyer, Steve Lehman, and Elliot Kavee have defined a unique and highly personal approach to collective improvisation, and while this album is challenging in a way that won't be for everyone, the distinctive nature of the music alone deserves 5 stars.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By BluTrane on November 17, 2005
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I loved Fieldwork's first album when it came out and this one is just as good if not better. Killer compositions and mind blowing solos. Not for the faint of heart!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By fnord77 on March 9, 2006
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Rhythmically adventurous and not confined to traditional ideas about jazz, fieldwork is another fine example of the power trio aesthetic currntly popping up in contemp jazz.
Each member of the trio takes turns playing what seem like lead and bass lines, iterations over iterations through iterations. I can't quite get the ideas of fractals out of my head, as if you decided to open up the songs and go deeper into them, everything would grow larger and more complex the further you traveled.
While all of the tunes are well conceived, I find Steve Lehman's compositions to be my faves, as they are dub inflected and somewhat trippy. Love the production work as well, great hollow sound to the drums as though they were recorded in a vast room without a ceiling. Top notch work.
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