Though pianist Iyer is the better-known half of this jazz duo, saxophonist Mahanthappa shines the brightest on these 13 pieces. Having worked together for more than a decade, the two have established a formidable improvisational dialogue, which shows in the ease and intensity of Raw Materials
. Iyer's dark melodicism is in full force here, but Mahanthappa's circular and restrained attack is bristling with energy. Whether barreling through a dizzying barnstormer like 'Five Fingers Make a Fistâ?� or engaging in the subtle cinematics of 'Common Ground,â?� the end result is a testament to two powerful new voices who speak as clearly to one another as they do to the listener.