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Vijay Iyer

Reimaging

  • Type CD
  • Label Pi Recordings
  • UPC 0808713090222
  • Catalog number PI 902
  • Release date 15 December 2008
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About the album

Reimagining, the Vijay Iyer Quartet’s 2005 release originally on Savoy Jazz is now available in Europe from Pi Recordings. The follow-up to Blood Sutra (Pi 901), the CD features featuring nine powerful new originals for his quartet – Vijay Iyer, piano; Rudresh Mahanthappa, alto saxophone; Stephan Crump, bass; Marcus Gilmore, drums (Roy Haynes’ grandson making his recording debut) - capped off with a radical solo piano interpretation of John Lennon’s “Imagine.” The CD balances rapturous emotion and knotty intellect, melodic flow and rhythmic heft. As usual, Iyer works here with his alter-ego Mahanthappa. Having played together for over ten years in each other’s respective quartets and their duo project Raw Materials, Mahanthappa is certainly the only horn player who has completely internalized Iyer’s aesthetic. Together they navigate Iyer’s complex compositions with disarming ease. Unlike many lyrically minded young pianists, Iyer is unafraid to attack the keys, but his percussive approach, marked by antic unfurling chords is shaded by mastery of touch. With Crumb and Gilmore establishing dense force fields, Iyer moves seamlessly from modal patterns to swing effects to subtle funk figures. Another great release from one of the finest bands in jazz today.

(Click on a track title to listen)
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    1
    Revolutions
     
    06:33
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    2
    Inertia
     
    03:20
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    3
    Song for Midwood
     
    07:27
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    4
    Infogee’s Cakewalk
     
    05:36
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    5
    The Big Almost
     
    06:42
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    6
    Cardio
     
    05:36
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    7
    Experience
     
    03:44
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    8
    Composites
     
    05:30
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    9
    Phalanx
     
    07:29
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    10
    Imagine
     
    03:44

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