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"One of the most exciting new voices in jazz." -- Boston Globe
"One of the scene's most original players." -- The Wire
"One of the most original and accomplished young pianists in years." -- Village Voice
"A formidable force ... startlingly effective and unflinchingly forward-looking." -- Chicago Tribune
"A total triumph from beginning to end." -- All About Jazz
"Unfailingly imaginative and significant." -- JazzTimes
"One of the most intellectually restless improvising musicians in the world these days." -- Chicago Reader
* Twice voted the #1 Rising Star Jazz Artist and Rising Star Composer in DownBeat's International Critics' Poll, Vijay Iyer is a largely self-taught creative musician grounded in the American jazz lexicon and drawing from a range of Western and non-Western traditions.
* His widely acclaimed recordings on innovative labels like Pi Recordings, Sunnyside, and Savoy Jazz include Panoptic Modes (2001), Blood Sutra (2003), Reimagining (2005), Tragicomic (2008), Your Life Flashes (2002), Simulated Progress (2005), Door (2008), Raw Materials (2006), and many more.
* Historicity is informed by the constant transformative relationship between past and present. "It's just a condition of being alive," Iyer says. "We're always shaped by history, even as we reach into the future."
* Independent promoter Matt Merewitz will handle print promotion.
* Ads with DownBeat. Vijay Iyer: piano Stephan Crump: bass Marcus Gilmore: drums
* Galang [Trio Riot Version]
* Smoke Stack
* Big Brother
* Dogon A.D.
* Mystic Brew
* Trident: 2010
* Segment For Sentiment #2
Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group --Grammy.com/nominees
Top Customer Reviews
The playing on this CD is wonderful - angular, virtuosic, intelligent. This is piano trio music for the 21st century. Just listen for the traces of the beautiful melody in the density of sound that the group achieves on their fantastic cover of Leonard Bernstein's "Somewhere." The Hill number "Smokestack" is nearly as brilliant. I listen to dozens of jazz trio albums each year and while many (if not most) are enjoyable and musically competent, very few really having something new to say. Vijay Iyer's Historicity is one of those albums. Listen and hear for yourself.
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.
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.Read more ›
This is vibrant, contemporary jazz, great for listening while dancing or sitting, but if sitting, some part of you is likely to be in motion!
Iyer includes a quote from Gramsci's Prison Notebooks in the liner notes, and refers to the "Brown and Black Atlantic" of colonialism and the slave trade, so we know the music is informed by a radical political and social sensibility.
My jazz listening has grown further and further from what's current, still rooted in the Sixties/Seventies free jazz/improv of the AACM (Roscoe Mitchell, Henry Threadgill) and Europe (Peter Brotzmann, Evan Parker), so I am quite happy to have discovered some great jazz being made by younger musicians!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This pianist / composer, recently appointed to a chair in music at Harvard, and a former PhD. physicist, has been greatly hyped for his free-form music and collaborations. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Grace Fortiter
I like Iyer's style and creativity. I find this album more enjoyable than his quartet recordings as it puts him more front and center.Published on May 26, 2013 by H. Sachs
I really wanted to like this album, but I feel that it suffers from the same condition that permeates much of contemporary jazz these day: a lack of strong melodic ideas. Read morePublished on October 16, 2011 by Joel Karwatsky
I've never quite understood most Jazz, but that doesn't seem to matter with Vijay Iyer. He creates some of the best music to listen to in all situations, background music, driving... Read morePublished on January 17, 2011 by Angry Wombat
I bought the hype on this and am again disappointed-when will I learn and
stop listening to the critics! Read more
I expected a departure from the normal small group piano performance. And, yes, it is a different piano interpretation. Read morePublished on November 20, 2010 by F. Hatt
For the version of Somewhere alone, this is essential listening for modern jazz enthusiasts. And for bookish types with a credit card and much free time.Published on May 31, 2010 by Todd M. Steed
"Historicity" is Vijay Iyer's trio album, and it got excellent reviews throughout 2009. I think it's as good as everyone says. Read morePublished on April 3, 2010 by Anthony Cooper