We're still coming down from last week's cathartic performance by Robert Glasper, but this week's gig is the perfect pick-me-up. Like Glasper, fellow US pianist Vijay Iyer has a revisionist take on what 21st-century jazz is all about, but his music could scarcely be more different.
An obsession with rhythm and groove is at the heart of everything this trio does, whether it's pulling apart the jazz canon or dabbling in minimalist techno. This week's performance has a bit of both, with plenty in between. The set opens with an Iyer original, drawing on south Indian Carnatic music and laying out the group's dynamic, where nothing is quite as it seems: the line between tune and improv is often blurred, while apparently straight grooves skip and stretch time without losing their thrust – thanks in large part to bassist Stephan Crump and drummer Marcus Gilmore. The penultimate tune, Human Nature, is a real highlight - the group conjures a really ecstatic feel from a simple idea, quelling any suggestion that Iyer's music is all brain and no heart.
Later in the programme, studio guest Kevin Le Gendre explores the respect and love that Stevie Wonder engenders among jazz musicians today. He sits in on an exclusive session by Orphy Robinson and Cleveland Watkiss that reimagines some of Stevie's music, with a Wonder-esque amount of effects and multi-layering bringing the music into the 21st century.
Join Jez on Monday 11 June from 11pm to hear all this, or listen online for seven days after broadcast.