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Accelerando by Vijay Iyer
Released: Mar 2012
Label: ACT Music
The Vijay Iyer Trio broke big with 2009's Historicity by covering M.I.A. alongside Julius Hemphill, a master from the avant-jazz wilds. For their encore, they repeat this approach, taking on Michael Jackson ("Human Nature") and Henry Threadgill ("Little Pocket Size Demons"). But this isn't merely a formula: The pianist's originals are also worthy (see the title track). To cap it off, there's a spare-but-swinging trio workout of a bit of Duke Ellington's neglected orchestral suite "The River." You'd think it might be impossible to be so forceful and so elegant at once, but apparently it's not.
Seth Colter Walls
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