Now there is "Poof", five new originals from Mr. Threadgill, all of which contain the unique Zooid sound. In a recent WBGO podcast during which hosts Nate Chinen and Greg Bryant picked six albums to pay attention to this Autumn, Chinen said that "Zooid sounds like no other band on the planet." Absolutely right –– it's also true that none of the ensembles Mr. Threadgill has organized over his career has sounded alike or like anything else. There is no mistaking the leader's tart tone, long phrases, short riffs, and his ability to climb in and out of the flow. The composer blurs the lines between composition and improvisation so that one flows into the other throughout any given song. Ellman's mix is so clear that even when everyone is playing at the same time, you hear voice clearly.
Honestly, either you surrender to the amazing music of Henry Threadgill or you tip-toe around it. He asks a lot of his musicians and of his audience. "Poof" is the best Henry Threadgill album since the last one and we are excited to see and hear where this Music Master goes next!
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