Henry Threadgill's music is best served neither cold nor hot, but with an open mind. The 68 year-old composer and multi-instrumentalist has endured as one of contemporary music's foremost innovatorsa cofounder of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, a bandleader with over thirty releases, and works with a number of eclectic bands including Zooid, currently his longest running band which includes likeminded acolytesguitarist Liberty Ellman and tuba/trombone player Jose Davila, among others.
Zooid's Tomorrow Sunny / The Revelry, Spp follows Pi Recording's critically acclaimed This Brings Us To, Volume 1(2009) and Volume 2 (2010), and demonstrates Threadgill's continued pursuance of music that "defies easy explication." It's as captivating and arresting as any of his previous works. p> If anything, Threadgill's concepts are evolving. Those exhaustive mechanisms of counterpoint and improvisation are still present in "A Day Off," but there are also new soundscapes to capture the imagination in "See The Blackbird Now" where Christopher Hoffman's haunting cello sings as the others join the ethereal line. The six compositions steer through complex sound topographies where Ellman's searching acoustic lines and Davila's low frequency rumblings move between bassist Stomu Takeishi and drummer Elliot Humberto Kavees cadenced glue.
The serrated time signature in "Ambient Press Thereby" is an impossible groove and not for the squeamish. The instruments bopping feverishly: Threadgill's acerbic alto leading the way with quick and searching lines as Ellman later joins the fray with a blossoming solo. It's amazing how the different threads join, split and crisscross, to ultimately arrive at the track's cliffhanging destination.
Tomorrow Sunny / The Revelry, Spp is totally idiosyncratic, exploratory and bursting with immediacy, performed by a tremendous band and its brilliant composer.
Track Listing: A Day Off; Tomorrow Sunny; So Pleased, No Clue; See the Blackbird Now;
Ambient Pressure Thereby; Put On Keep/Frontispiece, Spp.
Personnel: Jose Davila: tombone, tuba; Liberty Ellman: guitar; Christopher Hoffman: cello; Elliot Humberto Kavee: drums; Stomu Takeishi; bass; Henry Threadgill: flute, bass flute, alto saxophone.
I was first exposed to Jazz when a couple of dear friends of mine turned me onto it around 1971. I was already into Progressive music, R n' B, Soul, Motown, Latin Rock and other styles that were a great ladder to Jazz
I was first exposed to Jazz when a couple of dear friends of mine turned me onto it around 1971. I was already into Progressive music, R n' B, Soul, Motown, Latin Rock and other styles that were a great ladder to Jazz.
Being a Musician myself, (Lead Guitar/Bass Guitar), I studied at the Dick Grove School of Music with Dick Grove, Jeff Richman and Lee Ritenour. This was around '84-'85. I started playing the Guitar in November 1967. Playing Guitar came quite naturally to me thank goodness. Though I spent hours upon hours practicing while my school buddies were doing Sports.
It was in the early '70s that I really got into Jazz, Jazz Rock, Jazz Fusion and World Music. Seeing Weather Report, Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter, Larry Carlton, Steely Dan, John McLaughlin and the Mahavishnu Orchestra, RTF, Herbie Hancock and the Headhunters, VSOP, Freddie Hubbard and so many, many more amazing artists opened my eyes to the beauty and eloquent nature of Jazz. I really love the brilliant ensemble playing that is in Jazz!!
When I play and write music, it blends so many style together. Many fans ask me why my playing sounds so jazzy. It's because I understand Blue Notes, the phrasing, the tonality, time signatures and more. I can also play Rock, Folk, Soul, R n' B and other styles too. I seem to gravitate more and more as I get older to a jazzier style. Currently I'm 62 years old. I have released 2 CDs world-wide. Working on my 3rd.
I also teach Guitar/Bass/Music Theory to my students. They range from 6 years old to much, much older. (I was hired by the City of Aurora, CO to teach ages 6-13 specifically). Currently I teach 41 children in 5 classes. Additionally another 7 private students.
My wife, Meesh, and I love Jazz dearly. It was one of the things that we share together!
Most of the people that I know today do not get jazz. I try to explain what to listen for, but many times the music of Jazz is a bit much for them. So be it.
In a nutshell, I live, breath and listen to Music 24/7. No TV except the Food Channel and Weather.
I love John Kelman's articles. They are so insightful and well-constructed!
Thank you all for doing what you do.