After Rolling Stone listed acclaimed jazz pianist and MacArthur Fellowship awardee Vijay Iyer’s latest work, “Far From Over,” among the ’50 Best Albums of 2017,’ the publication has bestowed yet another honor on the Indian American musician.

The publication recently released a list of ‘20 Best Avante Albums of 2017’ – which it considers the year’s best in ambient, noise, out-jazz, experimental electronic and more – and Iyer’s Sextet is placed at No. 5.

“With five all-star musicians absolutely bursting with frenetic chops, boundary-pushing pianist Vijay Iyer tumbles through a hard-rocking, head-boggling, weirdly grooving set of tunes,” observes Rolling Stone, while complimenting Iyer’s unique vision.

Previously, the publication, while lauding his musical acumen, wrote that Iyer has been making great records for more than 15 years, but “Far From Over” still “feels like an arrival.”

It noted that Iyer, a Harvard faculty member since 2014, brings together a “dream team of cutting-edge improvisers and turns them loose on a set of new pieces that combine proggy intricacy, elegant drama and breakneck rhythmic thrust.”

“Far From Over” is a “reminder that the future’s where it’s at,” Rolling Stone concluded.

Jazz alto saxophonist and composer Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Indo-Pak coalition, “Agrima,” stands at No. 8 on the publication’s ‘20 Best Avante Albums of 2017.’

The New York-based Indian-American musician’s new album, which is influenced by both Indian folk and American rock, has been hailed for “its hard-driving feel.” “This blazing jazz trio creates an interplay that’s immediate with a texture that’s unique: Mahanthappa on sax, Rez Abassi on guitar and Dan Weiss splitting his time between tabla and drum kit, burning through glistening melodies,” the magazine notes, adding that Mahanthappa “plays in starts and stops, slow winds and bursts of tricky flurries, but he’ll also provide a harmonium-like drone when it’s time for Abassi to solo.”

After Rolling Stone listed acclaimed jazz pianist and MacArthur Fellowship awardee Vijay Iyer’s latest work, “Far From Over,” among the ’50 Best Albums of 2017,’ the publication has bestowed yet another honor on the Indian American musician.

The publication recently released a list of ‘20 Best Avante Albums of 2017’ – which it considers the year’s best in ambient, noise, out-jazz, experimental electronic and more – and Iyer’s Sextet is placed at No. 5.

“With five all-star musicians absolutely bursting with frenetic chops, boundary-pushing pianist Vijay Iyer tumbles through a hard-rocking, head-boggling, weirdly grooving set of tunes,” observes Rolling Stone, while complimenting Iyer’s unique vision.

Previously, the publication, while lauding his musical acumen, wrote that Iyer has been making great records for more than 15 years, but “Far From Over” still “feels like an arrival.”

It noted that Iyer, a Harvard faculty member since 2014, brings together a “dream team of cutting-edge improvisers and turns them loose on a set of new pieces that combine proggy intricacy, elegant drama and breakneck rhythmic thrust.”

“Far From Over” is a “reminder that the future’s where it’s at,” Rolling Stone concluded.

Jazz alto saxophonist and composer Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Indo-Pak coalition, “Agrima,” stands at No. 8 on the publication’s ‘20 Best Avante Albums of 2017.’

The New York-based Indian-American musician’s new album, which is influenced by both Indian folk and American rock, has been hailed for “its hard-driving feel.” “This blazing jazz trio creates an interplay that’s immediate with a texture that’s unique: Mahanthappa on sax, Rez Abassi on guitar and Dan Weiss splitting his time between tabla and drum kit, burning through glistening melodies,” the magazine notes, adding that Mahanthappa “plays in starts and stops, slow winds and bursts of tricky flurries, but he’ll also provide a harmonium-like drone when it’s time for Abassi to solo.”

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