High-energy quartet music with Rudresh Mahanthappa, Stephan Crump, and Derrek Phillips. This cd was chosen as one of the best jazz albums of 2001 in The New Yorker and The Village Voice.
“sends a ripple through the jazz universe” – modernjazz.com
“Iyer’s spiky chords, precise phrasing, and surprising linear improvisations are consistently compelling… This band glows with purpose.” – Gary Giddins, Village Voice
“FOUR STARS…a music so rhythmically gripping and harmonically provocative that one hardly can wait to hear what outlandish ideathese players will hit upon next… ‘Panoptic Modes’ offers a sensuousness of sound and vividness of performances thatwill seduce even the casual listener.” – Howard Reich, Los Angeles Times