New Henry Threadgill Release Reviewed

Source: Chicago Reader.

Chicago native Henry Threadgill has been on a tear lately with his inventive and versatile band Zooid, whose interpretations of his dazzling compositions are guided by fixed harmonic intervals embedded in the material. That means everyone improvises all at once, in a context that demands the highest levels of concentration but yields dividends worthy of the investment. The music keeps on giving, rich in sophisticated interplay and melodic and harmonic detail. And today Threadgill released Old Locks and Irregular Verbs (Pi), the fantastic debut recording by a different group: the seven-piece Ensemble Double Up.