a cosmic rhythm with each stroke | ECM 4769956

a cosmic rhythm with each stroke

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Label: ECM

Cat No: 4769956

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 18th March 2016

Contents

Artists

Vijay Iyer (piano, Fender Rhodes, electronics)
Wadada Leo Smith (trumpet)

Artists

Vijay Iyer (piano, Fender Rhodes, electronics)
Wadada Leo Smith (trumpet)

About

a cosmic rhythm with each stroke features pianist Vijay Iyer and the musician he has described as his “hero, friend and teacher”, trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith. Vijay has previously played extensively with Wadada in Smith’s Golden Quartet, but the present album is the first documentation of their duo work, produced by Manfred Eicher at New York’s Avatar Studios in October 2015. The centre-piece of the album is the spellbinding title suite, dedicated to Nasreen Mohamedi (1937-1990), the innovative Indian artist whose improvisatory imagery evokes abstracted rhythms. Trumpet and piano interact here with creative sensitivity to tone, texture and space. The “Suite for Nasreen” is framed on the album by Iyer’s composition “Passage” and Smith’s concluding piece “Marian Anderson”, inspired by the great US contralto.

Tracklist:
1 Passage
2 All Becomes Alive
3 The Empty Mind Receives
4 Labyrinths
5 A Divine Courage
6 Uncut Emeralds
7 A Cold Fire
8 Notes on Water
9 Marian Anderson

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