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ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Vijay Iyer Sextet at The Village Vanguard

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Vijay Iyer Sextet
Village Vanguard
New York, NY
May 17, 2018

I'll recreate this blistering first set the best I can. The sextet nudged their way through the Vanguard's current crowd and its deep history. The applause built. Vijay Iyer took his place at the piano, turned to the crowd, ...

ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

Matt Hooke's Best Releases of 2017

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2017 marked the first year that I wrote for All About Jazz, and I got to experience some phenomenal music. It was a diverse year in jazz, international artists like Tony Allen and Seckou Keita brought unique perspectives to jazz. Other artists like Chris Thile, Brad Mehldau, and Dayme Arocena, released some of their best work ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

DarkMatterHalo: Cataclysmic Beauty

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Non è un caso che il termine sound designer, con il quale si presenta il musicista elettronico Hardedge (al secolo Velibor Pedevski), sia usato solitamente per designare una precisa figura in ambito cinematografico, responsabile di progettare quell'insieme di rumori ambientali, foley e colonna sonora che contribuisce a dare sostanza alla narrazione filmica. Un ruolo spesso sottovalutato, ...

ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

Troy Dostert's Best Releases of 2017

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Looking over the vast quantity of fine music released in 2017, it is reassuring to know that even in these troubled times, the spirit of creativity and endurance that jazz has always embodied continues to hold strong, especially as the music continually finds new forms of expression that move beyond stylistic boundaries. It was a particularly ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Vijay Iyer Sextet: Far from Over

Read "Far from Over" reviewed by Enrico Bettinello

Come tutti i musicisti dotati di un'intelligenza non comune, Vijay Iyer sfida continuamente i propri ascoltatori a seguirlo dentro territori stimolanti. Non si fa un torto al pianista e compositore di origine indiana se si ricorda come il suo percorso artistico da leader si sia fino a oggi snodato tra accecanti intuizioni, complesse indagini formali e ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Vijay Iyer: Far from Over

Read "Far from Over" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Vijay Iyer sounds so evolved and invigorating with each release that it's easy to forget that his eye-opening debut Memorophilia, Asian Improv Records) was two-plus decades ago. Think about it, Blood Sutra, Historicity, Accelerando, Tirtha...

But over the course of his ECM five disc career (beginning with 2014's Mutations), there has been a little ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Four New Releases From ECM Records: Vijay Iyer Sextet, Tim Berne's Snakeoil, Gary Peacock Trio, and David Virelles

Four New Releases From ECM Records: Vijay Iyer Sextet, Tim Berne's Snakeoil, Gary Peacock Trio, and David Virelles

August 25 Vijay Iyer Sextet
Far From Over Vijay Iyer: piano, fender rhodes; Graham Haynes: cornet, flugelhorn, electronics Steve Lehman: alto saxophone; Mark Shim: tenor saxophone; Stephan Crump: double bass Tyshawn Sorey: drums Keyboardist-composer Vijay Iyer’s energized sequence of ECM releases has garnered copious international praise. Yet his fifth for the label since 2014—Far From Over, featuring his ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Vijay Iyer Sextet: Far From Over

Read "Far From Over" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

There are any number of valid ways to describe Vijay Iyer's music over the course of his twenty-three albums. Analytical, angular, intricate, dissonant, and oddly lyrical; his two previous ECM releases, Break Stuff (2015) and the duo outing, A Cosmic Rhythm With Each Stroke, with Wadada Leo Smith (2016), have been more widely accessible without forsaking ...

The Master Musicians Of Jajouka & Material: Apocalypse Live

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This is another entry for M.O.D.'s new download-only Digital Incunabula series, which concentrates on live recordings from the Bill Laswell vaults. Here's a Jajouka/Material set from 2015's Gent Jazz Festival in Belgium, a performance actually witnessed by your scribe. The five-piece Jajouka Sufi trance contingent (from the eponymous mountain village in Morocco) are led by Bachir ...

Hal Willner, Ex Eye, Bill Laswell, Zion 80 & Brandon Seabrook

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Hal Willner
The Stone
June 14, 15, 17, 2016

Hal Willner spent six nights in residence at The Stone, presenting two sets each evening. This Philadelphian producer has immaculate taste, as illustrated by his greatest achievements: a series of conceptual albums that feature a host of carefully selected artists, assigned ...