12 Songs, 58 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Armenian-born American pianist and composer Tigran Hamasyan—winner of the 2006 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition—writes and plays music that dazzles the listener with its high-octane virtuosity. On Mockroot, Hamasyan, electric bassist Sam Minaie, and drummer Arthur Huatek whiplash through material that features odd-meter rhythms and sudden shifts. The music is often marked by traditional Armenian elements, as well as dramatic flashes of prog rock and fusion. Quieter cuts, such as “The Roads That Bring Me Closer to You” and “The Apple Orchard in Saghmosavanq,” serve as a nice contrast to the blazing speed and fury.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

The Armenian-born American pianist and composer Tigran Hamasyan—winner of the 2006 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition—writes and plays music that dazzles the listener with its high-octane virtuosity. On Mockroot, Hamasyan, electric bassist Sam Minaie, and drummer Arthur Huatek whiplash through material that features odd-meter rhythms and sudden shifts. The music is often marked by traditional Armenian elements, as well as dramatic flashes of prog rock and fusion. Quieter cuts, such as “The Roads That Bring Me Closer to You” and “The Apple Orchard in Saghmosavanq,” serve as a nice contrast to the blazing speed and fury.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
22 Ratings

22 Ratings

Cole Riddle ,

Absolutely Killing

Nothing less of what I expected. Filled with mind blowing rhythm and harmony that will simply rip your brain to pieces and force you to spend hours on end attempting to figure out what he is playing. Masterpiece.

musikmusikmusik ,

Great album...

This is top notch music by a group of top notch musicians, it really doesn't get much better than this. The complexity of the music combined with the truly savant level of ability... Tigran Hamasyan never ceases to deliver great music. But... there are 3 things about this album that I believe make it a little weak. This is certainly nit picky and sort of holding Tigran to a different standard than... well anybody really, but they are things that ultimately left me dissapointed as someone who has listened to his music since 2006. First, I found it interesting how for the last 10 years his composition style has changed only slightly, making every album more of the same. The predictability of his compositions leaves very little to be interested in. This album makes that predictability more apparent than ever. Granted, his compositions are unbelievably amazing, things I could only dream of writing, but predictable nonetheless. Next, is the drummer on this session. He certainly has a big role to fill when comparing his performance to that of Nate Wood. Nate Wood and Tigran Hamasyan go together like bread and butter. I found this drummer to be much more sparse, and his selection of cymbals far too washy. The jagged and pointed compositions from Tigran don't benefit from washy, muddy cymbols, in my opinion. It ultimately takes away from the energy and makes the group sound less tight. And this could potentially have more to do with my final issue with the album, and that is the recording and mastering. If I had to guess, this album was recorded by someone much less experienced. Tigran's previous albums have much more attention to detail in that respect, whereas this one sounds almost amateurish. The balance of the musicians is very strange with far too much enphasis placed on the piano, and an overall unrealistic sound space, especially with the reverb. The sound is very flat and unflattering to the incredible dynamics that each musician is putting into their playing. I hate to sound so harsh about who is ultimately one of my favorite musicians alive, but I think it's that level of fanboy-ism that is making me far more critical than I usually would be about an album that, in all respects, is fantastic when compared to others, but not so great when compared to his own body of work.

Juliandusett ,

Love it

Music is overwhelmingly beautiful, rhythmically stunning, and it never ceases to amaze and intrigue when I listen

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