New discs from James Brandon Lewis and Vijay Iyer merit serious attention from admirers of improvised music.
This is music that says things that cannot be said any other way, music that cannot wear its heart on its sleeve.
Live, the experience of a cosmic rhythm with every stroke is both more intense and more intriguing than on record.
Pianist Vijay Iyer and trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith produce music that is precise and quietly evocative, peaceful and gently probing.
No disputing it – right now, Vijay Iyer is The Man on jazz piano.