All About Jazz

Home » Articles » CD/LP/Track Review

Dear All About Jazz Readers,

If you're familiar with All About Jazz, you know that we've dedicated over two decades to supporting jazz as an art form, and more importantly, the creative musicians who make it. Our enduring commitment has made All About Jazz one of the most culturally important websites of its kind in the world reaching hundreds of thousands of readers every month. However, to expand our offerings and develop new means to foster jazz discovery we need your help.

You can become a sustaining member for a modest $20 and in return, we'll immediately hide those pesky Google ads PLUS deliver exclusive content and provide access to future articles for a full year! This combination will not only improve your AAJ experience, it will allow us to continue to rigorously build on the great work we first started in 1995. Read on to view our project ideas...

16

Henry Threadgill 14 or 15 Kestra: Agg: Dirt...And More Dirt

Dan McClenaghan By

Sign in to view read count
Pi Recordings, under the leadership of Seth Rosner, got its start in 2001 with the simultaneous release of two CDs from avant-garde reedman Henry Threadgill, Everybody's Mouth's A Book, featuring the band Make a Move, and Up Popped The Two Lips, by the Threadgill group Zooid. This was a re-emergence for Threadgill; his three-record deal with Columbia Records had ended in 1996, with the release of Where's Your Cup. He has since made the most of his relationship with Rosner's Pi Recordings, between that 2001 pair of releases and 2016's Old Locks And Irregular Verb, offering up six other extraordinary sets, and grabbing a Pulitzer Prize for 2015's In For A Penny, In For A Pound.

The year 2018 feels like a full-circle for the Threadgill/Pi Recordings teaming, with—again—the simultaneous release of two recordings: Double Up, Plays Double Up Twice and Dirt...And More Dirt.

With his new band featured on Dirt... And More Dirt—the oddly-titled "14 or 15 Kestra: Agg," an ensemble of two pianos, two drummers, a brass/reeds horn section that includes tuba, along with a guitar, a bass and a cello—Threadgill crafts a singularly ramshackle-yet-refined sound. His music—especially since the beginnings of his Pi Recordings days—has taken on an expansive focus. The ensemble is large, but "everybody playing at once" is a rarity here, with "Part VI" of "Dirt" serving as a gloriously loud exception. For the most part, spaciousness reigns. There are more loose textures floating around than can be counted. It's a music that has no aural comparisons. If large, bold works of fabric art—the loose conglomerations of various cloths and weavings, irregular patches of mostly rustic snippets of rough hewn garments—had a soundtrack, this would be it. But make it three-dimensional art—a big, sprawling 3D fabric sculpture.

Even with two drummers, time seems to be unimportant. It might not exist in Threadgill's world. The music rambles and clunks along, surreal and ethereal at times, then low down and street-wise at others. And unlike his previous Double Up outing, Old Locks and Irregular Verbs and its follow up, Double Up Plays Double Up, here the leader adds his own instrumental voices—alto sax, flute and bass flute.

Henry Threadgill's work on Pi Recordings has brought him out of potential obscurity and tagged him as one of the most important voices in the avant-garde. Dirt... and More Dirt doubles down on that claim.

Track Listing: Dirt - Part I; Dirt - Part II; Dirt - Part III; Dirt - Part IV; Dirt - Part V; Dirt - Part VI; And More Dirt - Part I; And More Dirt - Part II; And More Dirt - Part III; And More Dirt - Part IV.

Personnel: Henry Threadgill: alto saxophone, flute, bass flute; Chris Hoffman: cello; Liberty Ellman: guitar; Jose Davila: tuba; Ben Gerstein: trombone; Jacob Garchik: trombone; Jonathan Finlayson: Bb trumpet, F trumpet; Stephanie Richards: Bb trumpet; Curtis Robert Macdonald: alto saxophone; Roman Filiú: alto saxophone, alto flute; David Bryant: piano; David Virelles: piano; Thomas Morgan: bass; Elliott Humberto Kavee, Craig Weinrib: drums, percussion.

Title: Dirt...And More Dirt | Year Released: 2018 | Record Label: Pi Recordings

Tags

Related Video

comments powered by Disqus

Shop Music & Tickets

Click any of the store links below and you'll support All About Jazz in the process. Learn how.

Related Articles

Read Fearless And Kind CD/LP/Track Review
Fearless And Kind
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: November 14, 2018
Read 25th Anniversary Project CD/LP/Track Review
25th Anniversary Project
by Jack Bowers
Published: November 14, 2018
Read Any Day Now CD/LP/Track Review
Any Day Now
by Mark Sullivan
Published: November 14, 2018
Read Adrift CD/LP/Track Review
Adrift
by Roger Farbey
Published: November 14, 2018
Read Folkjazz from Finland CD/LP/Track Review
Folkjazz from Finland
by Anthony Shaw
Published: November 14, 2018
Read Circulate Susanna CD/LP/Track Review
Circulate Susanna
by Karl Ackermann
Published: November 13, 2018
Read "The Nobuki Takamen Trio" CD/LP/Track Review The Nobuki Takamen Trio
by Chris Mosey
Published: October 11, 2018
Read "Raising Our Voice" CD/LP/Track Review Raising Our Voice
by Chris Mosey
Published: September 15, 2018
Read "Presence" CD/LP/Track Review Presence
by Patrick Burnette
Published: October 3, 2018
Read "Bright Yellow with Bass" CD/LP/Track Review Bright Yellow with Bass
by John Sharpe
Published: December 2, 2017
Read "ANDINA: The Sound of the Peruvian Andes" CD/LP/Track Review ANDINA: The Sound of the Peruvian Andes
by Chris M. Slawecki
Published: January 6, 2018
Read "Our Metier" CD/LP/Track Review Our Metier
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: October 11, 2018