Monday, January 11, 2010
Largely composed, and very very Threadgill. Those that have heard his music might not be surprised to hear the 'heavy on the basses', 'heavy on the flutes' sonorities going on here. This doesn't 'get right up and swing' - not is it a free jazz workout.
Maybe it's not a jazz record. But with Joseph Jarman, Douglas Ewart, Amina Claudine Myers, Fred Hopkins, Rufus Reid - hmm...
Got pentatonic folk music, contrapuntal flute and bass charts, wordless wonderful vocals from Amina Claudine Myers. Got soul, got straight 4/4 against swing-time, got naive-on-purpose saxophone soloing. Very damn nearly got Amazing Grace - plus, -later on - a bass section working some section work with the 4th member of the bass choir soloing above. Then the flute-section...
Got Fe Fi Fo Fum - the last track and a quietly extraordinary piece of music.
There was a 'Volume 2' recorded, but never released.
Forthcoming though - is this Threadgill box from Mosaic http://www.mosaicrecords.com/genres.asp?dept=50 - which will include this LP posted here as well as the unreleased "X75 Volume 2".
And the 3 Arista Air Lp's, and the 3 Novus records under his own name - 'You Know the Number', 'Rag, Bush and All', and 'Easily Slip Into Another World'. These are great records. This box also promises to contain the 3 Columbia Threadgill albums from the 90's, 'Carry The Day', 'Makin’ A Move' and 'Where’s Your Cup'.
Download this lp here and listen if you don't have it. If you dig it, there's a real and present chance you need this music in this box-set. In fact, you definitely do.
I do not plan to buy it on the day it's released - I've never liked to seem too eager.
I'll be waiting until the next day.
Threadgill is a great creative musician - listen to this (or anything else of his you can find). His latest - 'This Brings Us To..' was released in 2009 and should be widely available.Threadgill enthusiasts (and vinyl rarity collectors) may want to save up their lawnmowing money for a copy of the vinyl-only 'Pop Start The Tape, Stop'. No it's not listed by allmusic.com - but that really doesn't mean it dont exist. ( http://www.hardedge.tv/menu.html ).
Quite different to this one here, with lots of beautiful hubkaphone playing - HT's own instrument consisting of a range of tuned vehicle hubcaps.
X75 isn't particularly rare, and has been blogged as mp3s before. It has been out of print though for a long while now - and perhaps makes a nice 'taster' for the forthcoming Threadgill box set...For those that haven't heard X75 Volume 1 - hope you enjoy.