A versatile sideman serves as leader, filling a three-disc, nearly three-hour album with dozens of players, new ideas and transformed old ones. The title is justified.
In his new memoir, Music Without Words, the composer explains how a chance meeting with Ravi Shankar sparked a fascination with the cultures of the world and their music.
On the eclectic group’s new album, Render, eight distinct voices assemble in a way that’s hardly choral, according to artistic director Brad Wells and founding member Caroline Shaw.
The music of the saxophonist’s three-CD, nearly three-hour work comes to life in its full glory, assisted by his long-time working band, a choir, strings and plenty of special guests.
Both the saxophonist and the collaborative trio are among the most celebrated and thoughtful jazz acts of the last couple decades. Their new quartet together remakes each others’ tunes.
The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra salutes its Scottish baritone saxophonist and elder statesman with a program of his favorite Ellingtonia and a new concerto by Wynton Marsalis.
A piano trio that’s made an art of collective rhythmic risk-taking plays Iyer’s distinctive compositions and those of his disruptive heroes, with the backdrop of an Egyptian temple.
The multi-talented cellist leads her string ensemble in concert from the African-American neighborhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant, featuring her two children on voice and drums.
The pianist performs his composition “Equipoise,” plus several inventive duets with host Marian McPartland, before an NPR studio audience.
Florent Ghys’ An Open Cage springs from a recording of the maverick composer reading an excerpt from his Diary: How to Improve the World (You Will Only Make Matters Worse).