Henry Threadgill’s Zooid at The Jazz Gallery This Weekend

The maestro’s tuba & strings outfit can have a wonderfully ominous feel. The edge-of-yr-seat vibe they craft often boasts an orchestral sensibility that scrambles rhythm gambits, bets the farm on pulse and engages in sideways syncopation. To some degree he’s put a persona stamp on polyphony, making its shouting characteristics percolate rather than blare. The solos come and go, but HenThread’s heady architecture – along with the band’s deep cohesion – gives even the most abstract passages a jittery groove. It’s been a minute since they’ve been out and about. Bet the boss delivers a new book for his crew. (Through Saturday, 12/14)

Jazz Gallery

Pi Recordings

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