Third Stream

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Starting this Wednesday, 1/20, the Vijay Iyer Trio will be performing at Jazz at the Bistro and playing through Sat. I’ve heard most of his groups recently, and they really shine, with very creative ideas coming in from all members of the group.

I especially like the way the group will lock into certain rhythmic ideas and transform the whole texture of the ensemble; and you know those interesting altered scales and chord substitutions that the more exciting and advanced pianists exploit occasionally? Well, Vijay will often use those structures as merely the starting point for his explorations; and it gets more involved as it goes along. The rhythm section flows, and the music has form, but it’s intense, so don’t think you’ll be able to catch up on your favorite column in the N.Y. Times from breakfast.

Enjoy, I’ll see you at the Bistro!

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