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Vijay Iyer



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1 Children Of Flint  
2 Combat Breathing  
3 Night And Day  
4 Touba  
5 Drummer's Song  
6 Augury  
7 Configurations  
8 Uneasy  
9 Retrofit  
10 Entrustment  
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Uneasy, with Tyshawn Sorey and Linda May Han Oh, is Vijay Iyer's second trio album on ECM and his seventh appearance as a leader on the label. Navigating from one shape-shifting idea to another, he continues to push boundaries from one album to the next. His unique musical approach has gained him many accolades and much praise from the international press, The New York Times summarizing his persona as a "social conscience, multimedia collaborator, system builder, rhapsodist, historical thinker and multicultural gateway". On Uneasy, he draws on the history of the music while continuing to push it forward. In the course of this endeavour, the political and social turbulences dominating today's American landscape are reflected in musical contemplation and tense space. In his liner notes, Vijay elaborates on how today "the word ‘uneasy' feels like a brutal understatement, too mild for cataclysmic times. But maybe, since the word contains its own opposite, it reminds us that the most soothing, healing music is often born of and situated within profound unrest; and conversely, the most turbulent music may contain stillness, coolness, even wisdom."

Uneasyportrays this cast's first studio session after having played together throughout 2019 – Tyshawn and Vijay's partnership even going back to 2003, when they both appeared on Vijay's quartet album "Blood Sutra", featuring saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa and bassist Stephan Crump. They've worked together frequently since, including on Vijay's 2017 ECM release Far From Over. Linda May Han Oh is a new collaborator of Vijay's, although their professional relationship has been developing for several years. A consistent guest faculty member of the Banff International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music in Alberta, Canada, the bassist has become well acquainted with Vijay and Tyshawn, the workshop's co-artistic directors.

Linda and Tyshawn have both recorded with ECM before – Sorey playing on Roscoe Mitchell's Bells For The South Side and Ohadding her unique voice as bass to German pianist Florian Weber's ECM debut Lucent Waters. Her nimble language and Tyshawn's robust but deeply musical swing add the complementing pieces that set Uneasy apart from Vijay's past work and build a striking contrast to his last trio outing Break Stuff. "We have an energy together that is very distinct. It has a different kind of propulsion, a different impulse and a different spectrum of colours", raves Vijay in regard to his trio partners.

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