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"A boundless and deeply important young star." -- LA Weekly
"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
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2010 Grammy Finalist: Jazz Category -
Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group --Grammy.com/nominees
Top customer reviews
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!
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.
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