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Published: 2017/09/01
by Ron Hart

Vijay Iyer Sextet
Far From Over

In and of itself, the Vijay Iyer Trio is already the most powerful triad in jazz today. But when you expand the lineup to include a horn section—and one that includes three giants of their craft as Graham Haynes on cornet and flugelhorn (electronics, too), Steve Lehman on alto sax and Mark Shim on tenor sax to boot—there’s no place to go but up. And Far From Over indeed brings the concept of Iyer’s music to a new dimension of size, not just in personnel but in sound as well, as the pianist himself moves beyond the baby grand to include a cool turn on the Fender Rhodes on “Poles” while Graham (whose father is legendary jazz drummer Roy Haynes) shows off his deft laptop skills on tracks like “End of the Tunnel” and “Wake”, helping provide a new platform for the rhythm section of bassist Stephan Crump and drummer Tyshawn Sorey to really take flight. Since signing to the label in 2014, Iyer has been at the forefront of ECM’s electronic dreams. And this incredible fusion of blip and brass existing all throughout Far From Over reflects this evolution.

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