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This Brings Us To Volume 2

Henry Threadgill Zooid Audio CD
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 26, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Pi. Recordings
  • ASIN: B0042EJDAI
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #157,111 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This is ensemble music in the purest sense, each
improvised line tucked delicately into one dazzling,
churning whole. --The Wall Street Journal

Slinky, utterly distinctive, and disarmingly engaging. --The New Yorker

Product Description

This Brings Us To, Volumes I & II are the result of an
eight-year gestation period during which Threadgill
and his band Zooid have fine-tuned his unique system
of improvisation in a group setting. The compositions
provide the construct for open dialogue within the group
while encouraging the musicians to seek a new way to
improvise, away from a reliance on chords or scales or
any of the timeworn clichés of certain free jazz. In the
music, Threadgill creates structures in his compositions
that provide platforms for the musicians to interact in a
way that is constantly challenging, and allows for personal
exploration. Despite its intricacy, his music always
maintains a grooving, funky vibe, one of the reasons why
Threadgill has remained one of the most popular of the
cutting-edge jazz musicians of the last 40 years.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A year later, the second set! October 26, 2010
Format:Audio CD
A year ago Pi Recordings released the first new Henry Threadgill recording since 2001: This Brings Us To, Volume I. This is the second release from the same recording sessions of November 2008. Threadgill's Zooid band is a quintet, with Liberty Ellman on acoustic guitar, Jose Davila on trombone and tuba, Stomu Takeishi on bass and Elliot Humberto Kavee on drums, with Henry alternating between flute and alto sax. Volume II (about 44 minutes long) was again mixed by Liberty Ellman, in June 2010, and mastered by Steve Fallone.

According to the liner notes, which are not included with the disc, but can be found on the Pi Recordings website, the five pieces found here represented the second set of the live touring band. Whereas on Volume I Threadgill played flute on the first three numbers and alto on the last three, here he plays flute on the first and third tracks, "Lying Eyes" and "Extremely Sweet William," and alto on the other three. The five compositions form a satisfying whole, leading off with the mid-tempo "Lying Eyes," which features Ellman's guitar and Davila's trombone, then the slower title track, and then the up-tempo "Extremely Sweet William," with a fiery guitar solo and piercing flute. "Polymorph" slows down again, with a compelling, rolling rhythm that brings to mind a strange entity changing form as it shambles across the landscape. Takeishi takes a bass solo, and Threadgill the composer and Kavee the drummer masterfully create a constant sense of forward motion. Finally "It Never Moved," another faster number to close.

This is a tight unit, and they only entered the studio after extensive live touring with these compositions.
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