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Jazz has always been an adaptive art, possessed of certain essentials but receptive to variation at every turn. The pianist-composer-bandleader Vijay Iyer knows this as well as anyone. He has made a serious study of it, in theory as well as practice, and his last decade or so of music making can partly be understood as a pertinent provocation.
“Accelerando,” his fourth release on the German label ACT, and an early front-runner for jazz album of the year, encapsulates his knack for making prickly experimentalism feel approachable, intuitive, even stylish.
It’s a sleek refinement of concepts that Mr. Iyer has been rigorously testing throughout his career, but the album’s effect is abrupt and urgent. And because it makes a point of connecting with the jazz tradition, it seems all the more likely to exert an influence there, sneaking up on an establishment trained to guard against less amicable incursions.
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Getting reacquainted with Coheed and Cambria, first of the their two recent albums, Afterman: The Ascension. A little more cohesive than their previous album, Year of the Black Rainbow.
Looking forward to The Descension when it drops early next month.
Never been much of a fan (might give them another shot soon), but holy crap that album art is amazing.
Their album art tends to be really awesome. Coheed and Cambria is a pretty divisive band, since the lead singer Claudio's voice can turn some people off, but I've always enjoyed his unique vocals. The overarching story concept for their albums is also divisive, with some people thinking it's cheesy sci-fi, while I think it's pretty interesting once you figure out the time line.