Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Carry the Day
Genres: Jazz, Pop
Henry Threadgill is the kind of musician who gives Wynton Marsalis nightmares. A product of the turbulent early-'70s Chicago jazz scene that produced Muhal Richard Abrams and the Art Ensemble of Chicago, the alto saxophoni... more »
Henry Threadgill is the kind of musician who gives Wynton Marsalis nightmares. A product of the turbulent early-'70s Chicago jazz scene that produced Muhal Richard Abrams and the Art Ensemble of Chicago, the alto saxophonist breaks nearly every rule Marsalis has set up for proper jazz. Yet he still creates a music--grounded in blues, syncopation, and improvisation--which projects a powerful personality. On Carry the Day, half of the six compositions are played by his recent band, Very Very Circus, which includes two tuba players, two electric guitarists, a drummer, a French horn player, and Threadgill himself on alto sax and flute. On the other three pieces, Very Very Circus is supplemented by two singers, two percussionists, a violinist, an accordionist, and a player of the Chinese pipa. Threadgill creates music of great contrasts--harsh conflict and lovely harmony, hypnotic chants and freewheeling horn solos. --Geoffrey Himes
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Great CD - Very Very Henry !!
ReverseBembe | Perfidious Albion | 03/21/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Henry Threadgill one of the great modernists of the last 20 + years maverick composer, arranger, saxophonist always puts out creative, original, intriguing and vital stuff and this is true to the Threadgillian vision - sui generis. Featuring the only (?) alto-tuba-twin gutiars-accordian-drums band in jazz Very Very Circus now VVC Plus 2 vocalists and 2 hand drummers and last but not least - a violin ! CD kicks of with an instant classic the title track "Come Carry the Day" : limber Afro-Cuban polyrhythms, chant vocals, Tex-Mex accordion, melodies and a killer solo by Henry on the alto this is a wicked groove to still get the party going is 10 years time !! Another track I like is "Vijanrondirski" a locked groove with tuba/congas/drums , melodic ostinato plus some female vocals crooning some of Threadgill cryptic poems/text also used on the ballad , the oddly romantic "Hyla Crucifer" in fact all the titles look like excerpts from poems. The most jazzy piece is the cool swing of "Between Orchids, Lillies" a complex maze for soloists to play through featuring the french horn of Mark Taylor and nice accents, hits and kicks by drummer Gene Lake who is impressive on drums throughout the CD. Finally there is a freejazz style blow out on "Jenkins Boys Again" - an improv traffic jam. Bold artists like Threadgill didnt last too long on major labels but this was a strong distinctive statement from one of the major composers of the 80's + 90's and an antidote to the rest of the tepid corporate jazz stuff realeased at that time"
A Wonderful Introduction to Mr. Threadgill's World
james H. Sidlo | San Antonio, Texas | 12/01/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Arguably, Henry Threadgill may be one of the most original american composers to date. One things for certain "Too Much Sugar..." should be heard because of the instrumentation alone. Two guitarists... and TWO TUBA PLAYERS!!!
Mr. Threadgill's writing is as always impeccable. Amongst his intricate structures are cells of improvisation, which could've only come from the heart. For the uninitiated, you're in for a treat. For us lovers of something so beautiful and unique, there is always something (some little detail) to draw the listener back in."
Confused about this product
I. Rashkin | United States | 07/08/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I think there may be some mismatch in the db - the product details start off like this: "Henry Threadgill is the kind of musician who gives Wynton Marsalis nightmares" and go on to describe what is probably Cary the Day, an album by Threadgill. The reviews also seem to refer to that album.
I'm a big fan of Threadgill, and this ain't him.
It's kind of an interesting record though. Includes "The Times They Are a Changin'" in Dutch, as well as some interesting arrangements of other songs (original, and otherwise, I presume) in dutch."