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Accelerando

February 24, 2012 | Format: MP3

$9.49
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: February 24, 2012
  • Release Date: February 24, 2012
  • Label: ACT Music
  • Copyright: ACT Music+Vision GmbH+Co.KG
  • Total Length: 59:53
  • Genres:
  • ASIN: B0071W425O
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,524 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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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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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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Vijay Iyer (piano), Marcus Gilmore (drums), and Stephan Crump (bass) here follow up the great 2009 album Historicity with an even better album in the same vein. ACCELERANDO deserved every award it won for 2012 jazz -- it is another exciting rhythmic blend of modern jazz classics (Henry Threadgill, Herbie Nichols), the lovely Duke Elllington ballad "The Village of the Virgins," catchy melodic pop songs (Rod Temperton/Heatwave, Steve Ellison/Flying Lotus, Porcaro-Bettis/Michael Jackson), and Iyer originals. (Iyer quotes "Cool" from West Side Story by Bernstein/Sondheim in his solo in "Optimism.")

Iyer makes reference in the liner notes to how the world is accelerating: "...rising inequality, populist revolution, economic crisis, climate change..." This is music of the moment, and music that will last. This is music that is rooted in the rhythms and history of jazz, and connects with the wider world of pop and progressive social change.

For now it stands as the Trio's best recording, but their more recent Break Stuff (2015) on ECM is also excellent, a cooler, sleeker set with fewer recognizable pop melodies.

If you haven't yet heard the Vijay Iyer Trio, what are you waiting for?
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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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