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  • Audio CD (October 27, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: PI Recordings
  • ASIN: B002MYCS2A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #194,576 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Autonomeus on November 7, 2009
Format: Audio CD
The last time Henry Threadgill released a new record was 2001, and I titled my review "Henry Threadgill is back!" because it had been 4 years since his last release. This time it was an 8-year wait, so the same title applies multiplied by 2. If you are familiar with Threadgill's music you are not going to be surprised -- he maintains his high standards with more of the uniquely Threadgillian music he has been making since he formed his first Sextett (which was really a septet) back in the early 1980s. He is literally incomparable -- he sounds like no one else, but he always sounds like himself.

The original Zooid line-up featured strings, with acoustic guitar, cello and oud (see my review of UP POPPED THE TWO LIPS). I didn't think this was totally successful as the lines had a tendency to blur and become indistinct. The current band is a quintet, like his previous Make a Move unit (see my review of the 2001 release EVERYBODY'S MOUTH'S A BOOK), and still features Liberty Ellman on guitar and Jose Davila on trombone and tuba from the 2001 Zooid band. Stomu Takeishi, a long-time Threadgill collaborator, plays bass and Elliot Humberto Kavee plays drums. Threadgill alternates between alto sax and flute. This is a perfect combination, with each voice clear and strong despite the guitar and bass being acoustic rather than electric as in Make a Move. Perhaps this is partly due to the fact that the record was produced by Liberty Ellman.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By J. GARRATT VINE VOICE on March 26, 2010
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Ah, Henry Threadgill. I love his music but I don't know why. I don't even fully understand how it works. Something about intervals? Instead of improvising around blocks of chords, the band improvises around intervals? I took music theory in high school and in college and I can't really tell you what that means. But it's not like you need to understand that to enjoy Henry Threadgill. It just helps to know that there is a jazz musician out there who operates differently, not just giving us another rendition of "Autumn Leaves" or something like that.

This new album takes time. I know because I consider myself a Threadgill fan, and it took me a while to overcome initial disappointment. You see, when I first heard 1997's "Where's Your Cup?" I almost had to stop the car when "100 Year Old Game" began to kick in. It's the type of song that when the groove starts, it can stop you cold. It's that good. Grabs you by the collar. But "White Wednesday Off the Wall" is the opposite. A small flute and guitar motif nudge it into existence. And for the bulk of its four minutes and 58 seconds, it seems to barely be there. In low enough volume, you can easily forget that you have a CD or mp3 playing.

The package picks up with "To Undertake My Corners Open" (I never know what his titles mean), another sly composition that can deceptively sound like noodling mush the first half dozen times you hear it. And so it goes for the majority of the album; the seemingly randomly composed burps of notes from guitarist Liberty Ellman, the heavily syncopated and choppy improvisation of Threadgill himself on sax and flute, the trombone acting to offset whatever is going on, the tube playing more of a counter-melody than a bassline (witness the beginning of "Chairmaster").
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Cooper on February 7, 2010
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Henry Threadgill bookends this disc with two very free songs, presumably to warm you up and cool you down. The middle four songs are very hot jazz. The songs have each player -- Henry Threadgill on alto or flute, Liberty Ellman on guitar, Jose Davila on tuba/trombone, Stomu Takeishi on bass, and Elliot Humberto Kavee on drums -- playing half or 3/4 phrases that fit together to a polyrhythmic awesomeness. The solos by Threadgill or Ellman (who sounds very good) are untraditional because they're resolutely unshowy and more concerned with navigating the twisting alleys of each song. This is the best Threadgill I've bought (maybe there are better ones I haven't found yet), and recommended for fans or anyone curious about the saxophonist.
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