A Pair of Henry Threadgill Releases Reviewed

Source: Popmatters.

For 2018, Henry Threadgill not only takes Ensemble Double Up back into the studio to record, but he has also formed a new 15-piece band named 14 or 15 Kestra: Agg to record a different album altogether. The results are Double Up, Plays Double Up Plus and Dirt…and More Dirt respectively. Fans of the Pulitzer-winning composer now have 86 minutes of new music into which to dive. That isn’t just good for jazz; it’s good news for anyone who has doubted our culture’s ability to produce new original works injected with a heart and a brain of its own.