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All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
Inspired by the experience of an Iranian filmmaker wrongly detained by INS officials at JFK airport in New York, this epic work explores life through the microcosm of the airport -- a place of arrival and departure, of being an alien or leaving one's citizenship behind. Poet/hip-hop man Mike Ladd has done a superb job with the lyrics, polished by real little monologues that examine all aspects of the problem -- and it's a problem that often leaves travelers dehumanized. Keyboard player Vijay Iyer gives tone and color to all this in his compositions, and the two together become more than a sum of their parts. It's not an easy album to listen to -- often harrowing, as in ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
Inspired by the experience of an Iranian filmmaker wrongly detained by INS officials at JFK airport in New York, this epic work explores life through the microcosm of the airport -- a place of arrival and departure, of being an alien or leaving one's citizenship behind. Poet/hip-hop man Mike Ladd has done a superb job with the lyrics, polished by real little monologues that examine all aspects of the problem -- and it's a problem that often leaves travelers dehumanized. Keyboard player Vijay Iyer gives tone and color to all this in his compositions, and the two together become more than a sum of their parts. It's not an easy album to listen to -- often harrowing, as in "Innana After Baghdad" or "Terminal City" -- but more than repays the investment of ears and time. Is it jazz? Not really. It falls outside category -- as it should, given the subject matter involved. At first it can sound simplistic, but it soon becomes apparent that the textures and depths of the music only reveal themselves gradually, such as with "Asylum." Written originally to be performed on-stage in a theatrical setting, it transfers well to a purely recorded medium, dense and demanding, but ultimately satisfying, inasmuch as it leaves the listener full of questions and less certain about the world.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/21/2003
  • Label: Pi Recordings
  • UPC: 808713000924
  • Catalog Number: 9
  • Sales rank: 77,945

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Color of My Circumference I - Vijay Iyer (4:10)
  2. 2 The Density of the 19th Century - Vijay Iyer (5:15)
  3. 3 Terminal City - Vijay Iyer (1:55)
  4. 4 Rentals - Vijay Iyer (2:44)
  5. 5 Security - Vijay Iyer (3:38)
  6. 6 DeGaulle - Vijay Iyer (6:37)
  7. 7 TLC - Vijay Iyer (2:39)
  8. 8 Three Lotto Stories - Vijay Iyer (4:49)
  9. 9 The Color of My Circumference II - Vijay Iyer (2:09)
  10. 10 Iraqi Businessman - Vijay Iyer (2:43)
  11. 11 Taking Back the Airplane - Vijay Iyer (4:54)
  12. 12 The Color of My Circumference III - Vijay Iyer (2:29)
  13. 13 Innana After Baghdad - Vijay Iyer (2:32)
  14. 14 In What Language - Vijay Iyer (4:05)
  15. 15 Asylum - Vijay Iyer (6:21)
  16. 16 The Color of My Circumference IV - Vijay Iyer (5:51)
  17. 17 Plastic Bag - Vijay Iyer (6:07)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Vijay Iyer Primary Artist, Piano, Keyboards, electronics
Mike Ladd Primary Artist, Vocals, electronics
Stephan Crump Bass
Latasha Natasha Diggs Vocals, electronics
Liberty Ellman Guitar
Trevor Holder Drums
Dana Leong Trombone, Cello, Flugelhorn
Ajay Naidu Voices
Technical Credits
Scotty Hard Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Mike Ladd Composer, Producer, Liner Notes
Vijay Iyer Composer, Producer, Liner Notes
Latasha Natasha Diggs Composer
Seth Rosner Executive Producer
Fred Ones Engineer
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