Album of the Year Prize for Vijay Iyer Trio

The Vijay Iyer Trio with pianist Vijay Iyer, bassist Stephan Crump and drummer Marcus Gilmore has won the German Record Critics' Album of the Year prize (Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik) for its album Break Stuff.

The jury statement says: "Filigree ramifications and powerplay, high speed and slowness, harmony bliss and dissonance: out of contrasting elements the Vijay Iyer Trio shapes intense compositions, which draw from the history of jazz as well as from European concert music."

The German Record Critics' Award ("Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik") was established in 1980 to set the "most rigorous standards for supreme achievement and quality" in the field of music recording. The German Record Critics' Award Association consists of up to 156 music critics, writers, musicologists and editors in Germany, Austria and Switzerland actively involved in the assessment of CDs and DVDs. Its mission is to provide producers, composers, artists and music lovers with an honest guide to new releases of true artistic significance.

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