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One of the most acclaimed albums of the decade, Vijay Iyer’s debut on ACT Music is a trio album combining his searing originals with a surprising batch of covers: Bernstein’s “Somewhere,” Andrew Hill’s “Smoke Stack,” M.I.A.’s “Galang,” and others. Featuring his longtime collaborators, Marcus Gilmore (drums) and Stephan Crump (bass), this album racked up astonishing accolades. Release date: August 28 (Europe) / October 13, 2009 (USA).

#1 Album of the Year – DownBeat Magazine International Critics Poll
#1 Album of the Year – Village Voice Annual Critics Poll
#1 Jazz/Pop Album of the Year – The New York Times
#1 Jazz Album of the Year – National Public Radio, U.S.A.
#1 Jazz Album of the Year – Los Angeles Times
#1 Innovative Jazz Release of 2009 – Chicago Tribune
#1 Jazz Album of the Year – Detroit Metro Times
#1 Best Jazz of 2009 –
#2 Jazz Album of the Year – JazzTimes Critics Poll
2010 ECHO Award (the “German Grammy”) – Best Ensemble (International)
#1 rising star jazz group of the year – DownBeat Critics Poll

Best-of-2009 lists in: Dagens Nyheter (Sweden), The Boston Globe,,, AllAboutJazz NY, East Bay Express (Oakland, California), Ottawa Citizen (Canada –, Kansas City Star, and many others

***** (highest rating) – Concerto Magazine, Austria

CHOC! (highest rating) – Jazz Magazine/Jazzman, France

“Presto! Here is the great new jazz piano trio.”
(New York Times)

“Truly astonishing… they make challenging music sound immediately enjoyable. ”
(National Public Radio)

“A jewel… 9 out of 10”

“Historicity hangs together beautifully: it’s one of 2009’s gems.”
– iTunes Review