Pianist Vijay Iyer (Roscoe Mitchell, Steve Coleman) , Drummer Elliot Humberto Kavee (Henry Threadgill, Omar Sosa) and Saxophonist Aaron Stewart (Andrew Hill, Cecil Taylor) are Fieldwork: three New York City virtuosos who inspire and impel each other to play beyond their limits. Fieldwork's recipe? Design music you can't play and then work tirelessly until you can. Then do it again. The result is emotional, challenging, edgy, hard-hitting and intense; a music of cascades and torrents, riveting the listener´s undivided attention. Iyer, Stewart and Kavee have direct experience with music masters that have dominated four decades of creative jazz. That spark has impelled Fieldwork to explore the tradition from within, investigating their natures as creative artists, true to the source (the creative spirit and life itself) , working with traditional rhythm and improvisation systems from throughout the globe, contemporary urban dance grooves, and an imaginative pallette of as-yet unlabled realms.
recording, Your Life Flashes (PI Recordings), is generating worldwide critical
acclaim, national television exposure with an hour-long feature on BET,
and a position on numerous Best of 2002 lists. Holding in the top 40 on
CMJ for 6 weeks and counting, they are in rotation on radio stations
throughout the country.
"interactive serendipity... There's
so much going on, you never miss the bass... the pieces are terse, spellbinding
miniatures that never stand still."
"Fieldwork is doing an excellent job
of immersing itself in the music's most primal and essential elements...
If there is a defining element to Fieldwork's music, it is the exploration
of rhythm in an intimate and intensely purposeful dialogue."
"One of the most thrilling debuts
by a new band in recent memory."
Signal to Noise
"Fieldwork conjures up some wickedly
intense playing on its initial release. Spontaneous, energetic and
poised, "Your Life Flashes" is a stellar collection of 10 songs that
takes advantage of the superior musical abilities of the young players.
Overall, this is a terrific disc, filled with vibrant playing and wondrous
ideas. Keep an eye on these guys; their futures appear very bright.
GRADE: 9 (OUT OF 10)
"enormously subtle... moonscapes of
dense, rhythmically absorbing improvisation... this music has the distinction
of being toe-tappingly accessible and yet, on a technical level, nearly
incomprehensible. It is a highly specialized language, to be sure, but
also an endlessly refreshing one."
David R. Adler
All Music Guide
"These highly revered session musicians
explode with a volatile fury from beginning to end. They'll keep you on
edge throughout! ...it's hard to imagine that three musicians - performing
acoustic instruments - sans a bassist - can generate so much ferocity and
All About Jazz
FEROCIOUS GROOVES... COMPELLING...
rhythmically very complex...
Sorprendente y fabuloso... este disco
no es solo estas canciones ni su conjunto como tal, sino bastante mas que
la suma de estas partes, ya que estamos ante una obra de unos musicos que
si siguen por este camino tiene grandes cosas que decir de aqui en adelante.
Jose Francisco Tapiz
...musica che non conosce stasi, in
perenne movimento. é musica, fra l'altro, che riesce a far convivere
un approccio moderno con il rispetto per la Storia. é musica che
convince, per rigore, disciplina e chiarezza d'intenti.
All About Jazz - Italy
Best of 2002
"TOUR DE FORCE INTERACTION"
...three incredibly talented young
musicians... They don't play "world" music but it is global and at times
interstellar, free and imaginative yet deeply rooted in African-American
improvisational traditions, South Asian music as well as modern forms from
to the Caribbean.
Robin D.G. Kelley
Structured freedom, order out of chaos,
playing on the boundaries, these sorts of concepts don't quite tell the
whole story of this extraordinary new trio's approach... they're "out"
but their music draws you in... they've melded a sound here that has relentless
intensity and focus.
S. D. Feeney
"the cannily collaborative approach
finds the three players mind-and-music-melding in a bedazzling leaderless
fashion, working over ideas not to exhaustion but exhilaration."