Solo - Vijay Iyer
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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. Solo is Iyer's grand statement, and with it he has fulfilled his promise.
  2. 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.
  3. It's easy to hear what Iyer means when listening to Solo, his latest disc. For sheer cohesion, it tops Historicity, and since he's alone at the piano throughout, his reflective streak is telegraphed.
  4. 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.
  5. One of his purely enjoyable recordings. [Sep 2010, p.68]
  6. Fourteen years on from his debut as leader, Vijay Iyer joins the club with a characteristic blend of tasteful tribute and exciting unorthodoxy.
  7. 60
    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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