Historicity - Vijay Iyer Trio
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  • Summary: Pianist Vijay Iyer debuts his first album as part of a classic trio of jazz musicians.
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  1. Vijay Iyer's maturing at a rapid rate, while at the height of his powers on this incredible effort that sounds like much more than a mere piano-bass-drums mainstream jazz trio. This is an incredible CD, and a strong candidate for best jazz CD of 2009.
  2. Balanced, not bombastic, long-practiced, and utterly identifiable even when playing across different styles--that's a great band. And Historicity is the album they had to make.
  3. At times Iyer and his charges exhibit so much virtuosity and skill it's almost overwhelming how quickly ideas rise and fall through a given track, but attempting to parse all this trio is trying to say is well worth the effort.
  4. It's a perfect point of introduction to one of the most challenging and satisfying talents in jazz today.
  5. Iyer is the antithesis of a ­contained and cerebral artist. ­Historicity, for the traditional jazz ­format of an acoustic piano trio, features fewer explicit ­contrasts of tonality and ­extremities of drama than Iyer's more familiar duets with saxist Rudresh Mahanthappa, but it offers a different agenda.
  6. Iyer and his cohorts have spun the piano trio format into great art here, acknowledging their contemporaries and their musical ancestors.
  7. Vijay acquits himself nicely on "Mystic Brew," effectively reinterpreting organist Ronnie Foster's impressive soulful mush for stately piano. [Fall 2009, p.74]

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