Like with many of his renditions, Iyer brings you in to a familiar tune and then takes you out, far out. On "Mystic Brew," he begins calm, tracing the known versions of the song. You're moving along easily enough with him and, about a minute and a half in though, he begins to stretch out working all kinds of angles on the work.
At this point, it should be apparent that I'm not a musicology nor jazz musician, so I'm going to fail to provide you with the specific techniques that Iyer is displaying. I can hear him doing these things, just haven't found the necessary language to explain it yet. I'll keep working on it.
|Tribe Called Quest|
After listening to Iyer's tune several times, I went back to Foster and Tribe. I was into "Electric Relaxation" back in the day when it came out, but it was only listening to Iyer's piece on multiple occasions that sent me back there. It was also Iyer and company that led me to pay new respects to Foster's original.
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