Wrote about the Threadgill Mosaic box for DownBeat, relistening to all the glory contained therein back in the late fall. But something grabbed me last week again, and I’ve been been spinning the Air cuts and the Make a Move stuff. Here’s the review…
There’s a classic Henry Threadgill interview that finds the bandleader describing the trio Air as an “octopus,” with tentacles reaching out three different ways while still working as one. Nice image, and on point as well. The 66-year-old saxophonist has long had a talent for making music that seems larger than the number of participants would suggest possible. Clever is an adjective that’s occasionally applied to his arrangements, and indeed, compositional sleight of hand is a cornerstone of his art. You can hear it develop throughout the myriad bands and various eras documented on the eight discs of The Complete Novus and Columbia Recordings of Henry Threadgill and Air.
Members of the AACM in the early 70s, Threadgill, drummer Steve McCall and bassist Fred Hopkins were responsible for some of the decade’s most novel small-group abstractions. As Air, they…click for full review
Here’s HenThread talking orchestration schemes, and a Sextett jewel.