Vijay Iyer


Disc review

There is an air of complete authority in the dark-hued tones of pianist Vijay Iyer’s playing, a gravitas that carries the listener to the depths of human feeling. The program of nine compositions feels like a companion to Iyer’s 2009 trio album, Historicity, as Iyer works through compositions by Monk (a reworking of Epistrophy), Ellington (luminous versions of Black and Tan Fantasy and Fleurette Africaine) and Steve Coleman, while the centrepiece of the album is a four-song cycle of Iyer’s own compositions (Heartpiece, Autoscopy, Patterns, Desiring). A powerful, astonishing work.

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