VIJAY IYER — Vijay Iyer / Wadada Leo Smith : A Cosmic Rhythm With Each Stroke

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Tracklist

1 Passage 6:16
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A Cosmic Rhythm With Each Stroke (for Nasreen Mohamedi)
2 All Becomes Alive 9:09
3 The Empty Mind Receives 4:45
4 Labyrinths 6:43
5 A Divine Courage 9:13
6 Uncut Emeralds 7:43
7 A Cold Fire 5:55
8 Notes On Water 7:58
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9 Marian Anderson 8:24

Line-up/Musicians

Vijay Iyer: Piano, Fender Rhodes piano, electronics
Wadada Leo Smith: Trumpet

About this release

ECM 2486(Germany)

Recorded October 17-19, 2015 at Avatar Studios, NYC

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VIJAY IYER VIJAY IYER / WADADA LEO SMITH : A COSMIC RHYTHM WITH EACH STROKE reviews

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Trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith and pianist Vijay Iyer are both brightest representatives of two different jazz generations and ambiences. Smith is one of AACM founders,who played with Anthony Braxton and in late 90's - first decades of new century became one of the leaders (together with Henry Threadgill) of re-vitalized crossover avantgarde jazz releasing series of large-format albums.

Vijay Iyer came to jazz scene in 90s and during next two decades built the reputation of one of leading pianist playing world fusion,avant-garde jazz even mixing both with contemporary classics.

"A Cosmic Rhythm With Each Stroke" is first duo's album. Released on German ECM label,it sounds according to label's standard - sound is crystal clear and emotionally quite cool.

Iyer plays piano, Fender Rhodes and uses some (lap top?) electronics which often sounds like early analogue Moog.

On a mid-tempo compositions Smith's trumpet flies over Iyer's almost chamber piano or,alternatively, electronics bass pulsation weaving unique aerial and meditative in moments aural sculptures where European and Indian classic roots are mixed with American minimalism and avant-garde jazz aesthetics.

If Iyer's few previous works for ECM already prepared listener for such sound, for often massive and even bombastic Smith's music of last decades it's quite unusual turn. Fortunately, all sound perfectly showing more intimate side of Smith's musicianship.

Structurally album contains opener, seven-part suite and the closer, and requires repeated listening. Not a jazz in a traditional sense, but no-one expects too traditional music from such duet. Excellent work, setting up new standards for jazz in contemporary world.

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