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Yes It Will by Rafiq Bhatia
Released: Oct 2012
Label: Rest Assured
Wooly jazz lines meet math-rock energy and classical polish in this guitarist's amazing first full-length, produced by one of Bjork's old mixing hands. The rhythm section is virtuosic, and Jeremy Viner's woodwind playing enlivens yet another ace band. While Vijay Iyer is often the younger guy paying tribute to jazz elders, on opener "Background Music" -- with a theme that brings the riffage -- the pianist sits in to tip his hat to a junior. Avant-classical musicians also guest. But the main attraction is Bhatia's playing: busy, no doubt, but not cluttered. And he closes with a Sam Cooke cover.
Seth Colter Walls

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