What a combination. Vijay Iyer's music contains the adventurousness and dramatic tension that you'd expect from avant-garde jazz; as well as a light, rhythmic swing, for those of us who live in the mainstream. His third album is accessible to one and all. They're his originals, and they're interpreted by a stellar quartet. By limiting the ensemble to four members, Iyer ensures that each voice can be understood by the listener. Traditional Indian scales, changing meters, and romantic elements from the classical library each contribute. An empathetic quartet interprets each piece in its proper spirit. Iyer explains his motive for each composition in detail at the label's web site .
The leader's piano takes on a swirling appearance that emphasizes changes in harmony and rhythm. Deep bass tones from the piano and a steady rhythmic pulse from the bassist combine for a solid foundation. Derrek Phillips' drum kit gets a workout from every corner of its configuration. After all, a large variety of percussion textures are required to express what Iyer has laid out. The cornerstone of the ensemble is Rudresh Mahanthappa, with his agile alto saxophone technique. Light and buoyant, his tone reflects the nature of a music that is designed to communicate significant meaning. And the music does. "Invocation," the first track from this recommended album, is available from start to finish through www.vijay-iyer.com .
Track Listing: Invocation; Configurations; One Thousand and One; History is Alive; Father Spirit; Atlantean Tropes; Numbers (for Mumia); Trident: 2001; Circular Argument; Invariants; Mountains.
I fell in love with jazz through my dad Bobby Hirst who was a jazz pianist for over 50 years around the UK and Europe. He was such a modest man but an incredible musician. I tinkered with piano but found myself drawn to guitar after listening to Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass and Kenny Burrell
I fell in love with jazz through my dad Bobby Hirst who was a jazz pianist for over 50 years around the UK and Europe. He was such a modest man but an incredible musician. I tinkered with piano but found myself drawn to guitar after listening to Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass and Kenny Burrell. Misty by Erroll Garner is one of my favourite tracks. My current choice of guitars are Gibson ES335 & ES175 although I only own Epiphone copies at present. I also play classical guitar and love to play jazz on them. I have recently moved to Leeds from York and hoping to meet new friends in the jazz community.