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Henry Threadgill soars on first new CD in 8 years

The Detroit Free Press praises the new release from Mr. Threadgill.

Alto saxophonist and composer Henry Threadgill hasn’t issued a CD since 2001, an unusually long silence for a musician of his stature, but “This Brings Us To, Volume 1” has been worth the wait (**** out of four stars, Pi Recordings, out Oct. 27). The album is a major achievement.

At 64, Threadgill has spent his career exploring a disciplined kind of free jazz in which sophisticated, often meticulous compositional forms and strategies merge with an exploratory approach to improvisation and a post-everything inclusiveness. After nearly a decade together, his unique quintet Zooid — which matches his saxophone and flute with guitarist Liberty Ellman, Jose Davila on trombone and tuba, electric bassist Stomu Takeishi and drummer Elliot Humberto Kavee — has evolved into an improvising chamber ensemble of the highest order.

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