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Vijay Iyer Trio – Break Stuff

$55.00

ECM Records

Vijay Iyer Trio – Break Stuff

$55.00

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“Break Stuff” is what happens after formal elements have been addressed. Vijay Iyer calls the break “a span of time in which to act. It’s the basis for breakdowns, breakbeats, and break dancing... it can be the moment when everything comes to life.” A number of the pieces here are breakdowns of other Iyer constructions. Some are from a suite premiered at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, some derive from Open City, a collaboration with novelist Teju Cole and large ensemble. The trio energetically recasts everything it touches. “Hood” is a tribute to Detroit techno pioneer Robert Hood.

On “Work”, Vijay pays homage to his “number one hero”, Thelonious Monk. “Countdown” reconsiders the classic Coltrane tune inside a rhythmic framework inspired by West African music. “Mystery Woman” is driven by compound pulses which owe a debt to South Indian drumming. Fast moving and quick-witted, the group has developed a strong musical identity of its own, with an emphasis on what Iyer calls “co-constructing”, exploring all the dynamics of playing together. Yet the three players also get abundant solo space and, in a reflective moment at the album’s centre, Iyer plays a moving version of Billy Strayhorn’s “Blood Count” alone.

Break Stuff, recorded in June 2014 at New York’s Avatar Studio and produced by Manfred Eicher, is the third ECM release from Vijay Iyer. It follows the chamber music recording Mutations and the film-and-music project Radhe Radhe: Rites of Holi.  - ECM Records

“Break Stuff, in its return to the pianist's eleven year-old trio with bassist Stephan Crump and drummer Marcus Gilmore, might seem like a less ambitious recording on the surface, but to think so would be a mistake. Iyer, it seems, does nothing without a purpose, and if the palette available to him here is somewhat reduced, that should in no way be taken as a sign that Break Stuff is either an easier...or less considered...listen. What Iyer sacrifices in sonic options he more than makes up for in the chemistry that this longstanding trio has developed over the course of its now three albums.” - All About Jazz

Musicians:

  • Vijay Iyer - piano
  • Stephan Crump - double bass
  • Marcus Gilmore - drums

Tracklist:

A1

Starlings

3:53

A2

Chorale

4:34

A3

Diptych

6:48

A4

Hood

6:10

B1

Work

6:15

B2

Taking Flight

7:15

B3

Blood Count

4:36

C1

Break Stuff

5:27

C2

Mystery Woman

6:21

C3

Geese

6:39

D1

Countdown

5:57

D2

Wrens

6:48

 

 

 

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Item description:

Artist:

Vijay Iyer Trio

Title:

Break Stuff

Label:

ECM Records

Format:

2 × Vinyl, LP, Album

Pressing:

Germany

Release Date:

2015

Genre:

Jazz

Style:

Contemporary Jazz

Catalog No:

ECM 2420 | 472 4304

Condition:

New