Raw Materials album cover

Raw Materials

Vijay Iyer and Rudresh Mahanthappa

Released May 2006 – Catalog #pi903

About the Album

“Although Raw Materials is the work of a duo, there’s more detail here than you’ll find from most combos double or triple its size. An auspicious debut.”
Downbeat Magazine

“Raw Materials, the team’s latest, is their most striking collaboration yet.”
— K. Leander Williams TimeOut NY

“There is much more to appreciate on Raw Materials, a total triumph from beginning to end.”
— Bud Kopman All About Jazz

Raw Materials, Vijay Iyer and Rudresh Mahanthappa’s duo recording originally out on Savoy Jazz is now available in Europe from Pi Recordings. The two have been performing together for over a decade in each other’s quartets and various groups. Now for the first time, jazz visionaries Iyer and Mahanthappa have distilled their closely entwined musical language into their first duo recording. The release of Raw Materials fills a glaring space in Iyer and Mahanthappa’s discography, as the two have performed together as a duo almost since their first meeting. The CD is a fascinating look into a unique musical dialogue that some have compared to that between John Coltrane and McCoy Tyner.

Without drums or bass to cushion and propel, the duo’s supreme empathy is laid completely bare. Rhythms and tempos flow organically, as if the two were a single being. There are passages of unsurpassed beauty and crying intensity, with both musicians playing with characteristic intricacy and power. Each takes turn providing rhythmic support while the other takes off on his solo flights. At other times, their playing diverges down separate paths, seemingly wandering so far away from each other, creating a tension that’s almost unbearable. Inevitably though, the two come back together and meet again on common ground, and harmony is restored.