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This week, let's catch up with the latest on pianist and composer Vijay Iyer, who will be returning to St. Louis with his trio to perform Wednesday, March 14 through Wednesday, March 17 at Jazz at the Bistro.
This will be the second time headlining at the Bistro for Iyer, who's one of the most talked-about and critically acclaimed jazz musicians of recent years. He made his St. Louis debut there in January 2010, and then in October, returned to the Gateway City as part of trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith's Golden Quartet for a concert at 560 Music Center.
For more on Iyer's back story, check out this video showcase post that ran before his Bistro gig two year ago. Today, though, we're going to concentrate on his more recent activities.
Specifically, up top you can see a video of Iyer's trio, which includes bassist Stephan Crump and drummer Marcus Gilmore, performing during this year's Winter Jazzfest in NYC. The song, Actions Speak," comes from their show on January 7 at Le Poisson Rouge, and it also will be featured on Iyer's new album Accelerando, which is set for release on Tuesday, March 13.
I love jazz because anything is possible; it has few rules and the best jazz breaks those ones. I prefer free improv because it doesn't really have any rules at all.
I was first exposed to jazz in my teens (in the late sixties).
The first jazz record I bought was Filles de Kilimanjaro by Miles Davis, shortly followed by Extrapolation by John McLaughlin.
My advice to new listeners is to listen as widely as possible and not to make snap judgments--stick with it.