Henry Threadgill/Zooid – This Brings Us To (Volume 1)

January 01, 1970

(Pi)

 

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It
took Ornette Coleman about 40 years to get the accolades he deserved in
mainstream circles so figure that fellow jazz saxman will be over due in about
2015 (having started in the mid-‘70s with trio Air).  Unfortunately, most of Threadgill’s
discography is out of print now so any new album like this is an event.

 

Zooid is his new millennium band who
he’s now recorded three albums with, and here, he’s done away with exotic
instrumentation (oud, cello) while relying more on his flute than his sax and
letting his band shine.  Guitarist
Liberty Ellman has a nice fluid style, drummer Elliot Humberto Kavee provides
nimble playing and Jose Davilla’s tuba adds buoyant backing throughout.
Theme-wise, Threadgill goes from his abstract roots in the AACM collective
(“White Wednesday off the wall,” “Mirror mirror the verb”)
to Ornette harmolodic liveliness (“To undertake my corners open,”
“Sap”) to funky, bouncy romps (“After some time,”
“Chairmaster”). 

 

Threadgill
remains a fascinating composer and bandleader throughout, making his ongoing
relative obscurity seem criminal.

 

Standout Tracks: “To undertake my
corners open,” “Chairmaster” JASON GROSS

 

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