The Vijay Iyer Trio’s new album, Break Stuff, contemplates musical breakdowns and breaks.
The trio includes not only bandleader Iyer on piano, but also double bassist Stephan Crump (Jen Chapin Trio, Ches Smith Trio, Secret Keeper, and Rosetta Trio) and drummer Marcus Gilmore. Iyer called upon both of them to be completely themselves as the recorded Break Stuff, Crump said.
As for Crump, Iyer said that he really opens up the role of the bass player with his work on the record.
The album features homages to Iyer’s influences, like Thelonious Monk, a reconsideration of a John Coltrane classic, and plenty of wholly original music. This short film explains how it all works together:
Break Stuff Track List:
- Taking Flight
- Blood Count
- Break Stuff
- Mystery Woman