|Iyer, Vijay / Reimagining|
|Add Date:||2005-08-07||Pull Date:||2005-10-09||Charts:||Jazz|
|Week Ending:||9 Oct||2 Oct||25 Sep||18 Sep||11 Sep||4 Sep||28 Aug||21 Aug|
|1.||Oct 03, 2005:||Asymtotic Freedom |
|4.||Sep 23, 2005:||Memory Select |
|2.||Sep 30, 2005:||Memory Select |
Song for Midwood
|5.||Sep 22, 2005:||Eran Mukamel |
|3.||Sep 29, 2005:||Eran Mukamel |
|6.||Sep 16, 2005:||Memory Select |
Mainstream piano quartet with an edgy groove. Vijay is a pianist formerly from the Bay Area, and this CD with Savoy is like a well deserved promotion to the big leagues.|
Vijay's stuff is melodic in a nontraditional way, lots of tension, lots of energy, but shielded by that contemporary jazz coolness. Even the mellow tracks have a fairly fast beat behind them, with solos that really dig in. His piano solos are thick and tangly, great stuff.
Accessible, but with edgy elements; you can tell Vijay's got some unique ideas on the keyboard. Listen! Play!
- Fieldwork (tough-edged trio featuring Iyer, like track #9 here)
- Rudresh Mahanthappa (sax player; similarly edgy-yet-accessible)
- Iyer & Mike Ladd: "In What Language?" (GREAT spoken-word jazz)
1- Rolling mid/fast
2- Quiet insistent pulse. Intensifies.
3- Fast but low/slinky lines, nice cold intensity
4- Midtempo and spacious. Patient w/fast burbling solos
5- Mid/fast, firey but lush
6- Spry, snappy. Has its quiet/cute parts.
7- Mid/fast, strong, rainy-day feel. Mildly classical.
8- Soft, mellow, but fast. Turns into a sparkling fast piano display.
9- Aggressive piano stabs. Both spiky and smooth, cool effect.
10- John Lennon cover, nicely dramatic and not cloying. Good.
|3.||Song for Midwood||8.||Composites|
|5.||The Big Almost||10.||Imagine|