Vijay Iyer’s inspired solo set at London Piano Festival

Kevin Le Gendre witnesses a stirring performance by the preeminent US pianist at Kings Place, London

By Kevin Le Gendre for Jazzwise Magazine

Yet it is an Iyer original, “Autoscopy,” that raises energy levels by a flurry of catapulting percussive lines that change length and shape but nonetheless breathe by way of the slightest, most effective of rests. If that moment signals extravert momentum, then the fine reading of Billy Strayhorn’s timeless “Blood Count” has a charmingly soft swing and a shade of celebratory wellbeing which belies its status as the swansong of an ingenious, hospitalized talent with too little time left.

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