You need to hear this music without the prejudices of a reviewer or critic. Sit down and listen, then listen again. Play it loud. Pay attention. Look at the cover image taken by long-time colleague Jules Allen. How does the music relate to the image? Listen again and take notice of the conversations between musicians. Be open. The music Henry Threadgill composes, arranges, and plays is unlike any other. Like Morris and Abrams, like Wadada Leo Smith, George Lewis, Nicole Mitchell, Roscoe Mitchell, all members or former members of the AACM, Threadgill's music is unique.
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 – drums, percussion
Craig Weinrib - drums, percussion
Take a listen:
|Photo: Dragan Tasic|
This two cuts are followed by "Clear and Distinct" - again, the piece opens with a solo voice and here it is Davila's stunning tuba playing (includes several moments of multiphonics). One by one, other instruments enter and the focus shifts to a long piano statement. In fact, all three pianists solo and support each other on this track. Again, the rhythm section shines. The interaction of tuba and cello (especially Hoffman plucks the strings) is a treat to listen to.
"Double Up, Plays Double Up Plus" has elements of the music that Henry Threadgill has created for nearly five decades. And, the addition of piano has opened up the aural landscape even more for a composer who continues to create compelling music on so many levels.
For more information, go to www.henrythreadgill.com.