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Article: Radio

The Diverse Musical Settings of Vijay Iyer - Solo, Duo, Trio & Sextet

Read "The Diverse Musical Settings of Vijay Iyer - Solo, Duo, Trio & Sextet" reviewed by Russell Perry


The last decade was one of immense consequence and productivity for pianist/composer Vijay Iyer. In 2012 alone, in the DownBeat International Jazz Critics Poll he was voted Artist of the Year, Pianist of the Year, Small Group of the Year (the Vijay Iyer Trio), Album of the Year (Accelerando), and Rising Star Composer of the Year. ...

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Article: Album Review

Vijay Iyer Trio: Break Stuff

Read "Break Stuff" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian


Intrepid pianist and composer Vijay Iyer's Break Stuff is an intimate work brimming with an intense poetry and a subtly dramatic ambience. The latter results from the complementary and contrasting elements, which are intricately interwoven within each of the dozen tracks that comprise the album. On the exquisite “Mystery Woman," for instance, Iyer plays ...

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Article: Album Review

Vijay Iyer Trio: Break Stuff

Read "Break Stuff" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero


Dopo l'escursione nel terreno minato del quartetto d'archi e delle ambientazioni cameristiche del precedente lavoro per ECM (Mutations), risolta al solito brillantemente, Vijay Iyer ritorna allo storico trio acustico, con Stephan Crump e Marcus Gilmore, attivo da undici anni, qui al debutto per la prestigiosa etichetta bavarese. E lo fa licenziando il solito grande album, aggiungendo ...

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Article: Album Review

Vijay Iyer Trio: Break Stuff

Read "Break Stuff" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


From the time of his debut as a leader nearly twenty years ago on Architextures (Asian Improv Records, 1996), pianist and composer Vijay Iyer has been a great experimenter. The Albany, New York native successfully utilized duplicated patterns and phrasing in a variety of settings from solo piano to ensembles. Advanced as his earlier techniques were, ...

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Article: Extended Analysis

Vijay Iyer Trio: Break Stuff

Read "Vijay Iyer Trio: Break Stuff" reviewed by John Kelman


When it comes to jazz/improvised music, there are those who, like pianist Keith Jarrett, prefer to approach it with a blank slate, clearing their minds of everything in order to find a way to pull form from the ether. Then there are those who spend considerable time formulating their approach, and coming up with a philosophy, ...

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Article: Live Review

Vijay Iyer Trio at Brooks Center for the Performing Arts

Read "Vijay Iyer Trio at Brooks Center for the Performing Arts" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


Vijay Iyer Trio Brooks Center for the Peforming Arts Utsey Chamber Music Series Clemson, SC 1/15/2015 The Vijay Iyer Trio's performance at Clemson University's Brooks Center for the Perfoming Arts was the first jazz programmed as part of the long-running Utsey Chamber Music Series. As the presenter pointed out ...

Article: Album Review

Vijay Iyer Trio: Accelerando

Read "Accelerando" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff


Stessa etichetta, stessa formazione, stessa miscela di composizioni originali, di standard jazz e di pop covers, stessa grande musica. Ci riferiamo al Vijay Iyer Trio che bissa lo splendido Historicity con l'altrettanto splendido Accelerando. Partiamo da “Human Nature," per chi scrive la vetta dell'album. Difficile per tutti confrontarsi con le versioni in studio e soprattutto live ...

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Article: Album Review

Vijay Iyer Trio: Accelerando

Read "Accelerando" reviewed by Troy Collins


On the surface, Accelerando follows the same basic format as Historicity (ACT Music, 2009), the debut of pianist Vijay Iyer's working trio with bassist Stephan Crump and drummer Marcus Gilmore. Though once again divided between Iyer's complex originals and some surprising covers, this eclectic sophomore session attains an even greater sense of cohesion than its predecessor, ...

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Take Five With Tyler Hornby

Read "Take Five With Tyler Hornby" reviewed by AAJ Staff


Meet Tyler Hornby:Tyler started drumming at age ten, honed his artistry in high school big bands and experimental jazz combos, and has since blossomed into one of Canada's most innovative and sought-after young drummers. Hornby has also become a gifted composer by expanding his musical tastes, studying the craft with ...


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