I didn't see Fieldwork's Simulated Progress on anyone's Top 10 list for 2005, or Top 50, for that matter. Pity.
If travelling to new places is among your resolutions for 2006, clear your mind of thought, close your eyes, and give pianist Vijay Iyer, saxophonist Steve Lehman and drummer Elliot Humberto Kavee (Tyshawn Sorey is now with the band) your ears and your subconscious mind. Though Iyer's piano tends to give in to rhythmic chants, the music is more violent jungles, nervous subways and drunken dance floors than serene prayer rooms and clean dojos.
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Here's to a year of bold new directions.