Unfiltered Universe [2 Vinyls]

Format: Vinyl
Release Date: 1/10/2020
Album Personnel: Vijay Iyer (Piano), Rudresh Mahanthappa (Alto Saxophone), Johannes Weidenmueller (Acoustic Upright Bass), Dan Weiss (Drums), Elizabeth Mikhael (Cello)
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Completing a trilogy of albums whose compositions are infused with the various, colourful strands of traditional music from his Pakistani/Indian homeland, New York guitarist Rez Abbasi's 'Unfiltered Universe' presents the stunning line-up of pianist Vijay Iyer, alto saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa, bassist Johannes Weidenmueller and drummer Dan Weiss, plus guest appearances from renowned classical cellist Elizabeth Mikhael. Previous releases 'Things to Come' and 'Suno Suno' focused, respectively, on Hindustani and Qawwali music, whereas this collection of seven new numbers explores and embraces the more rhythmically exuberant, South Asian elements of Carnatic instrumental music. Originally hailing from Karachi - and creating fresh, contemporary sounds here with players who themselves are all well-versed in north and south Indian music - Abbasi sees his subconscious responses as an equally important source of inspiration alongside the imprint of his treasured, cultural heritage Abbasi's complex meters are often based on underlying, architectural structures of expansion and compression which, in propulsive, shifting Thin-king, give rise to its beautifully searching melody; and enigmatic, tumbling Turn of Events; finds an exciting, flowing synergy between cello, guitar and sax. Other songs include the carefully-crafted Propensity, which features a bassline which moves by an eighth note, almost undetected, through multi-time-signatured sections.  Personnel: Rez Abbasi (guitar), Vijay Iyer (piano), Rudresh Mahanthappa (alto saxophone), Johannes Weidenmueller (double bass), Dan Weiss (drums) Guest: Elizabeth Mikhael (cello)

1. Propensity
Length: 06:52
2. Unfiltered Universe
Length: 09:32
3. Thoughts
Length: 01:41
4. Thin-King
Length: 05:21
5. Turn of Events
Length: 11:53
6. Disagree of Agree
Length: 07:46
7. Dance Number
Length: 08:09
Album Details
Disc Count: 2
Total Length: 51:14
UPC: 7061118118516