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  • Summary: The pianist's follow-up to last year's Historicity, where he worked as part of a trio, is a solo album of originals and covers.
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  1. Mostly, Iyer defies comparison other than in convincing you that he belongs in august company. If this first solo recital was a historical test, then Vijay Iyer gets an A.
  2. Solo is Iyer's grand statement, and with it he has fulfilled his promise.
  3. It's more serious than many, both in programming and in execution. But it doesn't quite make solo piano a stand-alone concept equal to what he does with groups.
  4. The Wire
    One of his purely enjoyable recordings. [Sep 2010, p.68]
  5. Iyer structures this programme cannily, beginning with an inviting interpretation of the pop ballad Human Nature, unfolding over a rocking left-hand vamp and briefly darkening into a hypnotic drone.
  6. To make so many overt references to his musical heroes while never losing sight of himself speaks to Iyer's own command. His improvisations have such clarity and vision, and it's rare that he stretches things any longer than necessary.
  7. Uncut
    There's an intriguing version of Michael Jackson's "Human Nature" and tunes by Monk and Ellington alongside originals that lurch from freaky modernism to stately classical. [Oct 2010, p.108]

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