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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

CD Review: Vijay Iyer - Far From Over

Vijay Iyer (piano/Rhodes); Graham Haynes (cornet/flugel/electronics); Steve Lehman (alto); Mark Shim (tenor); Stephan Crump (bass); Tyshawn Storey (drums).
(Review by Lance).
Most of the BSH reviewers (myself included) tend to eye ECM releases with suspicion never quite sure what lies ahead for them (us) as they (we) press the play button. Justifiably so. Releases from the German label can sometimes be boring, sometimes the jazz content questionable and sometimes so far into the left field they're almost coming out the other side. However, when they get it right, they really do get it right and they get it right with this one.
How could they not? With multi Down Beat award winner, Iyer in the driving seat and on the piano stool, the dice couldn't have been better loaded in their favour.
It's a punchy sextet that strides confidently towards the future without forgetting where the music came from. The fact that Haynes is the son of drum legend Roy Haynes, that Shim has the big sound associated with past masters of the tenor sax and that Lehman studied with Jackie McLean ensured that the past couldn't be forgotten whilst at the same time they sought new pastures to explore.
Iyer combines his own searching brilliance with that of Crump and Storey to make what is more than just a rhythm section but front-liners in their own right.
As well as his keyboard contributions, Iyer also composed the 10 pieces and they are truly original , offering so many moods of both joy and sorrow.
The final track, Threnody (don't ask!) is, like the album, compelling, demanding listening. Music that will stay with you long after the final track has faded.
Lance.
Available from August 25 on CD ECM 2581. Also available as a 2-LP set.
The Vijay Iyer Sextet perform Far From Over at London's Wigmore Hall on October 13.

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