Vijay Iyer Trio - Break Stuff - ECM 2420



“The logic of repurposing has always been part of what the trio does: we take something that wasn’t meant for our format … and just shoehorn it in. And that leads us somewhere that is new for us. The feeling of discovery gives it a certain energy.”

Vijay Iyer, Stephan Crump and Marcus Gilmore have played together a great deal over the last decade and more, but they’ve also maintained many other activities in parallel.

Marcus Gilmore is sideman to the stars – playing with Chick Corea, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Steve Coleman, Flying Lotus, loads of people.” Gilmore has most recently been heard in ECM contexts with the Mark Turner Quartet on Lathe of Heaven and on David Virelles’ Mbókò. “And Stephan Crump is very active in collaborating with a great many people on the scene in New York. He works on projects with his wife [singer-songwriter] Jen Chapin, and composes a lot for his own groups.

So when we regroup, something else has been in our ears. That gives us fresh perspectives on the material and the dynamics we’ve established among ourselves.”