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Pyeng Threadgill's New Porch Music

Read "Pyeng Threadgill's New Porch Music" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Pyeng Threadgill sings “New Porch Music" crafting an intimate journey through folk and jazz with afro-electronic inflections. Her fourth solo album and multimedia project entitled Head Full of Hair, Heart Full of Song, shines a light on hair, adornment and ancestry, and the societal and political as well as spiritual conflicts therein. Since 2004, Pyeng has released three other albums journeying from blues to jazz, folk to soul and spoken word: Sweet Home: The Music of Robert Johnson (Random Chance), ...

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Jazz Is in the (H)air!

Read "Jazz Is in the (H)air!" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Inspired by Head Full of Hair, Heart of Full of Song, Pyeng Threadgill's investigation in music about the role of hair in her life, family, community and throughout the African diaspora, this episode of Mondo Jazz builds a narrative about hair, because --whether it's a braided bun or flowing tendrils --hair has always mirrored the cultural (and musical) zeitgeist. An interview with Pyeng Threadgill and a preview of her recent album together with music ranging from the Lounge ...

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Pyeng Threadgill: Of The Air

Read "Of The Air" reviewed by Francis Lo Kee

Of the Air, an album of original music that cuts a broad stylistic swath, is focused and honest, traveling through various contexts organically. There are several reasons for the honest coherence of this music. The CD is recorded in analog with a core group of musicians, a working band rather than a collection of heavy-hitters or hired guns. Lisa Mezzacapa (bass), Shelly Doty (guitar) and Micha Patri (drums) give it up to tunes that center around Threadgill's voice and imaginative ...

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Pyeng Threadgill: Sweet Home: the Music of Robert Johnson

Read "Sweet Home: the Music of Robert Johnson" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

About halfway through the nine-minute “Come on in My Kitchen," the listener will realize that Pyeng Threadgill's hommage to Robert Johnson, Sweet Home, is not simply a Cassandra Wilson knock off. In fact, it should come as quite an epiphany that this recording is something very rare and special. Johnson's tome of longing is transformed, in turn, from a '40s girls' ensemble piece into a funeral dirge dominated by Threadgill's elastic voice, Kevin Louis' trumpet and the mourning piano of ...


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