Hello jazz enthusiasts, the weekend has finally arrived. Today, I’m elated to feature for the Weekend Spin one of the most admired and innovative musicians on the jazz scene pianist Vijay Iyer and his earth shaking debut album “Reimaging.” When I think extraordinary, musically speaking, artist like Iyer is seated firmly amidst a crowded list of exceptional musicians I’ve had the honor to become audibly acquainted with over the years. —Rob Young
Vijay Iyer -\\- Reimagining – [Savoy Jazz, 2005] – Weekend Spin –
With “Reimagining,” his first album for Savoy Jazz, pianist Vijay Iyer moves on up in terms of visibility — and in terms of accomplishment. This is his strongest effort yet, balancing rapturous emotion and knotty intellect, melodic flow and rhythmic heft. Iyer works here, as he usually does, with alto saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa. Mahanthappa, like Iyer an Indian-American who has mined Asian culture to rewarding effect, doesn’t so much play songs as lay down shapely streams of consciousness, vamping with greater restraint and variety than he once did.
Unlike many lyrically minded young pianists, Iyer is unafraid to attack the keys, but his percussive approach, marked by antic unfurling chords reminiscent of McCoy Tyner’s (just as his close partnership with the instant-starting Mahanthappa is reminiscent of Tyner’s with John Coltrane), has different levels of intensity. With bassist Stephan Crumb and drummer Marcus Gilmore establishing dense force fields, Iyer moves seamlessly from modal patterns to swing effects to subtle funk figures. His bands are known for their tightness and team concept and this quartet is no exception. —Lloyd Sachs/Amazon
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