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5.0 out of 5 stars Trio Redefines Vijay's History, February 11, 2010
This review is from: Historicity (Audio CD)
Overview:

When I first heard this was going to be a trio and Rudresh Mahanthappa was not going to be playing on the CD I thought this couldn't possibly be as good as Vijay's recent releases. Vijay and Rudresh have such chemistry ... how could the trio be better? Well it is. It is way better. I love Vijay's prior albums but this one is really special. Prior to this album I never really heard bassist Crump. There was too much else going on. On this format you can really here Marcus Gilmore on drums and Stephen Crump on bass, and they are really good. And Vijay can fill up space like you wouldn't believe. Having no other leads gives Vijay lots of room and he romps all over the place. Two other important things to note about this album: #1 it is very modern and reminds me a bit of E.S.T. #2 This is the first Vijay Iyer album where it truly is a modern postbop album and not a world music/jazz fusion album. There is a tinge of world accent on the remake of Trident, but besides that this could just as easily be a modern Scandanavian trio. While I love the world accent on the previous albums, it is impressive to see Vijay move past something that was successful onto some that is even better.

Song Highlights:

Dogon A.D. - This track is a modern funky romp. Bassist Crump opens with the bow on the bass strings and gets down with it. This really reminds of of E.S.T. ...man i miss them. Dogon A.D. is an album by Julius Hemphill which was released in 1972. Vijay really dug deep in history to find this one. Thank you.

Mystic Brew - Vijay reworked a Ronnie Foster song here. Vijay does these killer staccato appegios that just rock. It's upbeat and pretty and magical.

Galang - very modern tune originaly written by Maya Arulpragasam. Sounds like an electronica sound adapted to jazz.

... All the songs are good. I could write more but you get the point. This is a real gem. Highest recommendation. Absoluely essential for Vijay Iyer fans. The other songs include 4 by Vijay Iyer (2 new, 2 remakes) 1 from West Side Story, 1 by Andrew Hill, and 1 by Stevie Wonder.
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Initial post: Apr 14, 2010 9:46:21 AM PDT
A couple months ago I bought this album and agree with your review. This is my first exposure to Iyer and am looking forward to listening to a lot more of him.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 18, 2010 7:05:08 PM PDT
ReImagining is a great one. I'd check out that one next.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 18, 2010 12:38:11 PM PDT
Hi there! Also check out Panoptic Modes (red giant records). With Ruddresh Mahanthappa (alto sax), Stephan Crump (on bass) and Derreck Phillips (on drums). To me this is the best record by Iyer in ten years. There is tension, hits, complexity in it. One of the greatest pianists of his generation (along with Jason Moran, Matt Shipp - a bit older - and John Escreet - a bit younger -. Concerning the latter I wish you would listen to Don't Fight the Inevitable. It IS a smashing blow. John Escreet has such a power in his game, he is so tremendous, so exciting at listening that I highly recommend it to you folks... (Escreet has a very singular way of playing the piano, between Herbie Hancock and Cecil Taylor... His quintet consists in David Binney, Ambrose Akinmusire, Matt Brewer and Nasheet Waits... not to be missed !!!! A pretendant for the best jazz records in 2010. :-)

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 24, 2010 9:23:53 AM PDT
Thanks for the tip on John Escreet. I'm a big fan of Binney and Akinmusire, but wasn't aware of this album. For sure I'll be checking it out.
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