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Break Stuff

Vijay Iyer Trio

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1.1
Starlings
Vijay Iyer Trio
3:52
1.2
Chorale
Vijay Iyer Trio
4:34
1.3
Diptych
Vijay Iyer Trio
6:48
1.4
Hood
Vijay Iyer Trio
6:10
1.5
Work
Vijay Iyer Trio
6:15
1.6
Taking Flight
Vijay Iyer Trio
7:15
1.7
Blood Count
Vijay Iyer Trio
4:36
1.8
Break Stuff
Vijay Iyer Trio
5:27
1.9
Mystery Woman
Vijay Iyer Trio
6:21
1.10
Geese
Vijay Iyer Trio
6:39
1.11
Countdown
Vijay Iyer Trio
5:57
1.12
Wrens
Vijay Iyer Trio
6:48
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    70:42
"... the third and best record by Iyer's trio ... the trio makes sense in a physical way, moving together as one unit." - The New York Times "Four Stars ... a fascinating flurry of short, bustling phrases and pumping chords that opens out into longer lines against a steady drum hit ... their take on Monk’s Work respects the original ... this is cutting edge music, but always accessible." - The Guardian After formal elements have been addressed, it's time to Break Stuff according to Vijay Iyer; the moment "when everything comes to life.” A number of the pieces on this album are breakdowns of other constructions by the pianist: some are from a Break Stuff suite premiered at New York’s Museum of Modern Art while others derive from a collaboration with novelist Teju Cole and large ensemble. Iyer's longtime trio energetically recasts everything it touches, looking forward while paying tribute to the past. Work is a faithful homage to Iyer's "number one hero of all time" Thelonious Monk and Countdown reconsiders the classic Coltrane tune inside a rhythmic framework inspired by West African music. 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.
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – ECM Studio Masters

Recorded June 2014 Avatar Studios, New York Engineer: James A. Farber Assistant: Akihiro Nishimura Cover photos: Juan Hitters Liner photos: Bart Babinski Design: Sascha Kleis Produced by Manfred Eicher

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