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Vijay Iyer Trio: Live In Concert

The Vijay Iyer Trio performs at Le Poisson Rouge for the NYC Winter Jazzfest on Saturday, Jan. 7. (johnrogersnyc.com)closemore
The Vijay Iyer Trio performs at Le Poisson Rouge for the NYC Winter Jazzfest on Saturday, Jan. 7. (johnrogersnyc.com)

Pianist and composer Vijay Iyer leads a trio that traffics in grooves, crackling and heavy. He has a distinctive way of exploiting dissonance and rhythmic space at the piano; he's joined by a deeply resonant, gut-punching bassist (Stephan Crump) and a drummer with an advanced understanding of time (Marcus Gilmore). The results are beats that feel borrowed from a future age; alternately, they're new lenses on jazz's big-picture history.

The band led off its packed-house performance at Le Poisson Rouge with a number by the disco-funk band Heatwave ("The Star of a Story"), created a sort of acoustic Detroit techno ("Hood"), stretched out a Michael Jackson classic ("Human Nature") and played Ronnie Foster's "Mystic Brew" with full knowledge of its sampling by A Tribe Called Quest. A few more originals rounded out this slightly abbreviated set, a partial preview of the upcoming album Accelerando. Full of stutter steps and snare claps, power chords and low end, the concert proved a clear highlight of the 2012 NYC Winter Jazzfest.

Set List

  • "The Star Of A Story" (R. Temperton)
  • "Lude" (Iyer)
  • "Optimism" (Iyer)
  • "Hood" (Iyer)
  • "Human Nature" (Porcaro/Bettis)
  • "Actions Speak" (Iyer) [video highlight]
  • "Mystic Brew" (R. Foster)
Personnel

  • Vijay Iyer, piano
  • Stephan Crump, bass
  • Marcus Gilmore, drums
Credits

Producers: Mito Habe-Evans, Patrick Jarenwattananon; Audio Engineer: Kevin Wait; Executive Producers: Anya Grundmann, Keith Jenkins. Recorded Jan. 7, 2012 at Le Poisson Rouge in New York, N.Y.

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