Break Stuff (album)

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Break Stuff
Vijay Iyer - Break Stuff.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 10, 2015 (2015-02-10)
RecordedJune 2014
StudioAvatar Studios, New York
LabelECM ECM 2420
ProducerManfred Eicher
Vijay Iyer chronology
Radhe Radhe: Rites of Holi
Break Stuff
A Cosmic Rhythm with Each Stroke
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
All Music4/5 stars[2]
The Guardian4/5 stars[3]
The Irish Times4/5 stars[5]
All About Jazz4.5/5 stars[6]

Break Stuff is a studio album by American jazz musician Vijay Iyer. It was released in February 2015 under ECM Records.[7]


Thom Jurek in his review for All Music says that "This trio aims at an interior center, finds it, and pushes out, projecting Iyer & Co.'s discoveries."[2] In The Guardian, John Fordham gave this album four stars out of five, saying says that "Iyer, bassist Stephan Crump and drummer Marcus Gilmore sound joined at the hip even when sometimes seeming to be investigating completely different tunes, but almost everything here feels just as jazz-rooted as the three classic covers on the tracklist."[3]

John Garelick of The Boston Globe stated "Like the pianist and composer’s other trio records, it makes for a satisfying, portable Iyer, alternating math-y rhythmic concoctions like the post-minimalist “Hood” (for the Detroit techno producer DJ Robert Hood) and “Mystery Woman” (which draws from the compound rhythms of South Indian music) with varied jazz standards (Thelonious Monk's “Work,” John Coltrane's “Countdown,” Billy Strayhorn's “Blood Count”) and more atmospheric originals. Iyer, bassist Stephan Crump, and drummer Marcus Gilmore have fully incorporated electronica and hip-hop into a jazz vocabulary. Despite the album's layered meters, you couldn't ask for a more swinging “Work,” or a more moving solo-piano treatment of “Blood Count,” ending with a repetition of the questing opening phrase over somber low-register chords. With all of this band's attention to rhythm, it's nice to have an isolated example of Iyer's sensitive voice leading, his beautiful touch and tone."[8]

Track listing[edit]

ECM Records – ECM 2420.[7]

All music is composed by Vijay Iyer, except where indicated.

1."Starlings" 3:52
2."Chorale" 4:35
3."Diptych" 6:47
4."Hood" 6:10
5."Work"Thelonious Monk6:14
6."Taking Flight" 7:15
7."Blood Count"Billy Strayhorn4:34
8."Break Stuff" 5:26
9."Mystery Woman" 6:21
10."Geese" 6:38
11."Countdown"John Coltrane5:57
12."Wrens" 6:47
Total length:1:10:36



  1. ^ "Break Stuff (Metacritic page)". Metacritic. Retrieved June 26, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Break Stuff (All Music Review)". All Music. Retrieved June 26, 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Break Stuff (The Guardian Review)". The Guardian. Retrieved June 26, 2017.
  4. ^ Layman, Will (25 February 2015). "Vijay Iyer Trio: Break Stuff". PopMatters. Retrieved 6 June 2018.
  5. ^ Larkin, Cormac (13 February 2015). "Vijay Iyer Trio: Break Stuff — Album Review". The Irish Times. Retrieved 6 June 2018.
  6. ^ Kelman, Johnl (5 February 2015). "r". All About Jazz. Retrieved 6 June 2018.
  7. ^ a b "Break Stuff". ECM Records. Retrieved June 26, 2017.
  8. ^ Garelick, John (10 February 2015). "Vijay Iyer Trio, 'Break Stuff'". Boston Globe. Retrieved 6 June 2018.