Fieldwork: Pivot Point


Pivot Point




Door (Pi Recordings Pi 26)

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Vijay Iyer (piano),

Steve Lehman (sax), Tyshawn Sorey (drums)


Composed by Tyshawn Sorey


Recorded: December 21, 2007


Rating: 93/100 (learn more)

With a circular melodic construct that this trio seems to hang onto while simultaneously pushing forward, "Pivot Point" illustrates one of Fieldwork's biggest strengths: tight interplay amidst seeming chaos. Beginning with Vijay Iyer's loosely woven piano arpeggios, Steve Lehman's saxophone soon follows with sharp blasts that have an almost Evan Parker-esque quality. Iyer's madly ascending piano and Tyshawn Sorey's polyrhythmic drums drive the song to its short midpoint break, where the musical circle is quietly restated before everybody dives back in. It's a good thing that "Pivot Point" is just short of 3 minutes in length, as I'm not sure the band could have held on much longer!

Reviewer: Mark Saleski


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