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Vijay Iyer Sextet: Far From Over (ECM)

This review is being undertaken in the days immediately following President Donald Trump’s notorious press conference of Aug. 15, when he stated that there was “blame on both sides” for the violence in Charlottesville, Va. That the moral distinction between members of hate groups and those protesting hatred is lost on our current president imparts … Read More “Vijay Iyer Sextet: Far From Over (ECM)”

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Ernest Dawkins’ New Horizons Ensemble Feat. Vijay Iyer: Transient Takes (Ernest Dawkins)

Nostalgists pining for the days of “live-in-the-studio” recordings will rejoice: Saxophonist Ernest Dawkins and his New Horizons Ensemble (bassist Isaiah Spencer and drummer Junius Paul), along with pianist Vijay Iyer, recorded this set in Chicago last year over the course of about four hours. It features 10 selections, seven improvised on the spot; three others … Read More “Ernest Dawkins’ New Horizons Ensemble Feat. Vijay Iyer: Transient Takes (Ernest Dawkins)”

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Vijay Iyer/Wadada Leo Smith: a cosmic rhythm with each stroke

a cosmic rhythm with each stroke (ECM) This certainly isn’t the first time Vijay Iyer and Wadada Leo Smith have worked together-their partnership in Smith’s Golden Quartet goes back years-but it is their first duo recording, and an unusual one too. Its centerpiece is the seven-part title suite, which was inspired by the work of … Read More “Vijay Iyer/Wadada Leo Smith: a cosmic rhythm with each stroke”

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Vijay Iyer: Mutations

This album arrives with high expectations. Vijay Iyer is among the most decorated jazz musicians of his generation. He wins jazz polls, professorships, prizes and MacArthur Fellowships. Mutations is his debut on ECM, a label known for bringing forth new levels of creativity from its artists. But Mutations is a major disappointment. The problem is … Read More “Vijay Iyer: Mutations”

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