Tragicomic

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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Vijay Iyer and alto saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa blend their Indian heritage with the influence of their New York jazz experience in this striking session, where they're joined by bassist Stephan Crump and drummer Marcus Gilmore. The haunting miniature "The Weight of Things" credited to the entire quartet leads into the furious protest song "Macaca Please" the latter title based on a slur uttered by a U.S. senator during the 2006 campaign, a cauldron of many influences. Iyer's dramatic reworking of Bud Powell's obscure "Comin' Up" gives it a more contemporary flavor, though the reggae rhythm gets tiresome after a while. Iyer's solo interpretation of the standard "I'm All ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Vijay Iyer and alto saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa blend their Indian heritage with the influence of their New York jazz experience in this striking session, where they're joined by bassist Stephan Crump and drummer Marcus Gilmore. The haunting miniature "The Weight of Things" credited to the entire quartet leads into the furious protest song "Macaca Please" the latter title based on a slur uttered by a U.S. senator during the 2006 campaign, a cauldron of many influences. Iyer's dramatic reworking of Bud Powell's obscure "Comin' Up" gives it a more contemporary flavor, though the reggae rhythm gets tiresome after a while. Iyer's solo interpretation of the standard "I'm All Smiles" is more conventional, though with a bittersweet flavor. "Threnody" is not to be confused with Marian McPartland's composition; Iyer's haunting melody has a sense of foreboding disaster. Recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/22/2008
  • Label: Sunny Side
  • UPC: 016728118620
  • Catalog Number: 1186
  • Sales rank: 105,539

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Weight of Things (2:17)
  2. 2 Macaca Please (4:54)
  3. 3 Aftermath (6:20)
  4. 4 Comin' Up (4:22)
  5. 5 Without Lions (2:54)
  6. 6 Mehndi (6:50)
  7. 7 Age of Everything (5:24)
  8. 8 Window Text (5:43)
  9. 9 I'm All Smiles (4:44)
  10. 10 Machine Days (7:28)
  11. 11 Threnody (6:08)
  12. 12 Becoming (3:38)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Vijay Iyer Primary Artist, Piano
Stephan Crump Acoustic Bass
Rudresh Mahanthappa Alto Saxophone
Marcus Gilmore Drums
Technical Credits
Bud Powell Composer
Scotty Hard Engineer
Michael Leonard Composer
Vijay Iyer Composer, Producer, Liner Notes
Christopher Drukker Graphic Design
Marcus Gilmore Composer
Michael Fossenkemper Mastering
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