Pyeng Threadgill: Sweet Home: the Music of Robert Johnson (2004)
Pyeng Threadgill is the daughter of saxophonist Henry Threadgill, long associated with the Chicago avant-garde scene. His beautiful and creative spawn has made a record of such fearless daring and crystalline invention that this may be the most effective tribute to the Phantom yet digitally applied. In these 70 minutes, Miss Threadgill and her able band deconstruct and reconstruct the heart of the Johnson canon. Instant kudos to her for covering "Phonograph Blues;" even with its shaky gender center, the song remains one of the greatest double entendres committed to record. "Dead Shrimp" contains what one would thinks is a perfect Latin vamp, but sounds more other-worldly with each listen.
It is a bit too early to tell, but this very well may be the best recording of 2004 to come my way.
Track Listing: Love In Vain; Phonograph Blues; Last Fair Deal Gone Down; Milkcow Calf's Blues; When You Got A Good Friend; I Believe I'll Dust By Broom; Dead Shrimp; They're Red Hot; Sweet Home Chicago; Come On In My Kitchen; Ramblin' On My Mind.
Personnel: Pyeng Threadgill: Vocals; Ryan Scott: Guitars; Dave Pier: Piano; Laura Johnson: Vocals, Vocal Arrangement; Dana Leong: Trombone, Bass; Qasim Natvi: Drums; Kevin Louis: Trumpet; Dimitri Moderbacher: Clarinet.
Record Label: Random Chance Records