The Vijay Iyer Quartet’s stunning follow-up to Panoptic Modes was listed among the best albums of the year in JazzTimes and many other publications. Originally released October 2003 on Artists House and now carried by Pi Recordings.
Personnel: V. Iyer, piano, compositions; Rudresh Mahanthappa, alto saxophone; Stephan Crump, bass; Tyshawn Sorey, drums.
“The cohesive group’s ethos is at once reflective and kinetic… This is exciting and eminently listenable stuff, intuitive in bearing and dynamic in execution. An essential for adventurous listeners, [it] could also serve as an ideal introduction to Iyer’s burgeoning oeuvre.” – JazzTimes
“…raises Iyer’s writing and playing to the next level… Blood Sutra finds him engaging in sharply diverse but well-balanced forms on each track – and coming up a winner every time… Not simply a great jazz record, Blood Sutra is a statement of purpose from an artist whose youth stands in contrast to his irrefutable skill.” – Jazziz
“Blood Sutra is a terrifically challenging record. But challenging music is often the most rewarding, and this suite of 12 perfectly interlocking songs follows through on that promise… Iyer’s compositions are moving jazz in a new direction.” – The Colorado Springs Independent