Henry!

The Illustrated
Henry Threadgill
Discography


A work in progress by Lars Backström



UPDATE May 28, 2014




Henry Threadgill at The Knitting Factory, NYC, 1996.
Photo copyright © Susan O'Connor.
Reproduced with permission.



Introduction

     Henry Threadgill was born in Chicago, Illinois on February 15, 1944. "He attended Chicago's Englewood High School.
     After High School, Henry played with Veteran of Foreign Wars (VFW) marching bands in parades as well as with blues,
     mariachi, gospel and polka bands. He also enrolled at Wilson Junior College, later renamed Kennedy-King College."
     (Based on "Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians".)

     As a young teenager in Chicago, Henry had been listening to all kinds of music from radio and shops. Live music only
     from churches, as he was too young to go into other places where they were playing live. He could also soon be able
     to enter rehearsals of the Sun Ra Arkestra with John Gilmore on tenor sax. Some other strong influences on tenor sax
     from this region were Gene Ammons, Eddy Williams and Clifford Jordan. The visiting Sonny Rollins was another
     influential tenor sax player. Interviewed by Ted Panken about his influences, Henry also mentions Eddie 'Lockjaw' Davis
     as probably the most original saxophone player he ever heard in his life with his convoluted sound, which his nickname
     gossips of. Johnny Hodges was a sound master on alto saxophone and Henry also points out the essential innovations
     made by Ornette Coleman and Cecil Taylor as beeing inspiring.You will find their stories included in A.B. Spellman's
     book "Four Lives in the Bebop Business", later renamed "Black Music - four lives".

     You can listen to the convoluted sound of 'Lockjaw' from a 1976 TV-broadcast (surprising good recording quality
     considering the imperfect technic of that time, cassette tape now digitized):

     

     ...and here is a revelation (Blue Note quality) by the somewhat obscure Eddy Williams. Please enjoy!

     

     For "Jazz on 3" Henry said: "I used to sit up in front of the Chicago Symphony, man, on the first row. [...] That
     orchestra was hip. [...] I had an assignment to go hear some music when I was 18, any classical music. So I went
     down to Roosevelt University, where they had one o'clock concerts on Friday afternoon.
(Henry tells a funny story
     about how he met Arthur Rubinstein on the way in to Roosevelt University.) I heard Rubinstein and all of them at the
     University of Chicago right on the spot. I met Hindemith and Varese. I heard Berio, all of the contemporary guys.
     I heard all that music live. Schoenberg, you know I heard all this stuff played live by probably the best players in
     the world at that time, because that orchestra was hip. That Contemporary Chambers orchestra, they played only
     the most advanced stuff."


     In off-hours from high school, Henry rehearsed with Eugene Hunter's big studio band and proceeded to hang out with
     his class mates Joseph Jarman and Roscoe Mitchell.

     Going back to the Panken interview, Henry told that he himself started out as a tenor saxophone player. Tenor sax,
     baritone saxophone, clarinet and bass clarinet. Then he went to flute and at last he came around to the alto saxophone,
     which later on was to become his main instrument together with his flutes. I want to add that Threadgill has developed
     a unique sound and way of playing. Sometimes tender, affectionate and loving, sometimes powerful or searing.
     His expression has become immediately recognizable.

     In interviews, as in Lund 1993, Threadgill also gave prominence to the fact that he works in the tradition of innovators
     like Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk and Miles Davis, who continuously were developing new
     standards, never reproducing others. For example, Henry has used an interval concept of composition for his later
     group Zooid, which was going to take hours to explain and in fact took at least a year for the musicians to learn to play.

     In her excellent and well informed book "As Serious As Your Life", the author Valerie Wilmer remarks about Henry
     that: "He was active in education since 1963 as music instructor, choir director, etc. Travelling extensively.
     Records including tracks cut in Venezuela, Trinidad."
Personally I feel it interesting with those mentioned tracks,
     especially if they should have been released somehow. (According to an interview with Steve McCall in CODA
     Magazine in 1982, Henry was travelling to South America and the Caribbean during a period in 1974-75). It has to
     be added that Threadgill throughout his career has continued to perform, compose, arrange, instruct, etc.

                     Allison & Busby Ltd, London 1977

     In the 60:s Henry performed with, and around 1962 created a piece for, the Chicagoan "Experimental Band" under the
     leadership of Muhal Richard Abrams. He attended Governors State University and then the American Conservatory
     of Music (ACM), where he received a degree in flute performance and composition. "I wasn't in those programs to
     get [a] degree, I was there just to take everything they had"
, Threadgill later told Gene Santoro.

     He toured the U.S.A. with Philadelphia-based evangelist Horace Shepherd in 1963 and 1964. Henry became an early
     member of the co-operative AACM (Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians), which was founded in
     1965 with Abrams as it's first  president. (A foundation-stone of AACM was for every member to get his own thing,
     not copying other musicians.) He also toured with gospel singer Jo Jo Morris. In 1966 Threadgill had to leave Chicago
     for military service, partly serving as a member of the infantry band in Vietnam. Returning in 1968 he joined the AACM
     big band and the Phil Cohran Heritage Ensemble. (Mainly based on "Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians").

     Furthermore, in 1969 he was found playing in the house band of the Blue Flame, a 39th Street blues club. "Buddy Guy,
     Mighty Joe Young, everybody else came through there. We could even play blues outside, as long as we played
     with conviction", he told Joe Blum in an interview for JazzTimes. He also became involved with various theater and
     dance performance groups, which in fact is how AIR got started.

     Henry formed, together with bass player Fred Hopkins and drummer Steve McCall, in 1971 a group first called Reflection,
     in 1975 renamed AIR (Artists In Residence). The trio began when Threadgill was asked to form a group to play Scott
     Joplin's music as part of "The Hotel", the Don Saunders play produced by Columbia College group at the end of 1971.
     They followed this up with a ragtime concert at the Univeristy of Chicago. In 1975 he left Chicago for New York, over
     the years forming several new bands playing his own compositions and arrangements. He became the recipient
     of a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2003 and a United States Artist Fellowship in 2008.

     His daughter Pyeng Threadgill is a singer and bandleader, who has her own recording career, starting with
     "Sweet Home, the music of robert johnson". In fact the blues also is interwoven in all of Henry Threadgill's music.

     "The idea about the blues that's sometimes put forth in institutions and situations similar to what institutions
     put out, that the Blues has some kind of strict formal structure - it does not. The blues is an internal thing.
     If one ever really heard the blues, blues had no type of structure until the Blues existed. That is, each piece
     presented its own development and own structure. It had nothing to do with patterns that's often put forth,
     that the blues is some 12-bar form or something like that. That's really not true. Not this type of blues.
     Maybe some type of blues that's gotten to be popular among certain type of musicians. But the blues that I
     heard that was played on the streets of Chicago and probably played in the country, in the Delta, that blues
     could take any direction and any form at any time."   Henry Threadgill interviewed by Ted Panken.


     These and more facts regarding Henry's life and opinions can be found through the Bibliography/Interviews parts.
     The purpose of this discography, though, is to document the recorded music of Henry Threadgill's different bands
     as well as his performances as a sideman, while I generally haven't included in detail records where he has made
     the arrangements but not been performing.

     I have included a selection of live concerts, not released on record so far, but well worth listing for different reasons
     like extraordinary performances, unusual ensembles, rare tunes or different musicians. Concerts by Threadgill groups
     AIR (once augmented by Amiri Baraka, recitation), NEW AIR (on these occasions with Andrew Cyrille on drums),
     the Henry Threadgill Sextett (the earliest including Lester Bowie on trumpet), Very Very Circus, Make A Move,
     Zooid (even with a string orchestra) and bands like the Windstring Ensemble and Society Situation Dance Band,
     the last two never commercially issued. These informations are placed in a separate group after the released.
     Here you will also be able to find some photos and videos interspersed, connected to those items.

     Note that in the "Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians", see the Bibliography part, you will find a "Selected list of
     Commissioned Work and Other Performances". Among them "May the Angels Take You into Heaven on Earth"
     for Quintet for Strings and Woodwinds, Carnegie Hall, 1983 and "he didn't give up / he was taken", quartet for
     baritone voice, violin, alto saxophone, and piano. Text by Thulani Davis. Recorded on Roscoe Mitchell's release
     Pilgrimage (Lovely Music, 1995). Also, commissioned for the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra in 1993,
     "Mix for Orchestra" (Max Roach, soloist; Dennis Russell Davis, conductor).

     Henry has also composed a piece called "Peroxide" for his ensemble "Aggregation Orb", premiered on October 22,
     2003, at The Miller Theatre, Columbia University. For more details see.

     Furthermore he wrote "No Gates, No White Trenches,... Butterfly Effect" for American Composers Orchestra
     as part of the 2010/11 'Playing it UNsafe' series. The world premiere performance of this composition was planned
     to be at Zankel Hall, Carnegie Hall in NYC on March 4, 2011.

     I have observed a broadcast from a concert with Muhal Richard Abrams quintet in Laren, Holland, 1978. On this
     performance, made some months after the recording of 1-OQA+19 for Black Saint, Anthony Braxtons reeds are
     replaced by George Lewis' trombone. A tour de force. More recently, Henry has taken part in a concert in
     Saalfelden 2012 by The Experimental Band led by Abrams, together with other old members of that ensemble.

     I also have completed several record informations, including all of Henry's as a leader or co-leader, with photos
     of the sleeves. Some fetched from internet, others taken from my own records, in fact the majority of the LP's.

     Finally I have expanded the discography with a list of here included compositions by Henry Threadgill. There are
     two compositions, "Where" and "Angel Sax", not released on any record but reported played by AIR Live in Moers
     on May 29, 1977, which as far as I know I haven't heard, only heard of. I suppose that they are AIR originals."

     If excluded in the discography items, "Primary Source" is myself and my collection.

       This music is "Unidentified Title" from "AIR in Salzburg".
      The same tune also appears in the more than 38 minutes long track 1 of "the Sextet at Jazzmania".
      If you know the title of this composition, please tell me!.

Henry!
Photo of Henry Threadgill from a Jazz Times article, September 1983. In his earlier recordings Henry was a multi-instrumentalist, but later he has concentrated himself more on alto saxophone and flutes.


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Session-by-session listing:

Broadcasts and private recordings:

Finally:




Henry!
Henry Threadgill at Saalfelden Jazz Festival, 2006.
Photo copyright © Claudio Casanova / AAJItalia.
Reproduced with permission.



69.07.02
through
69.08.20

Muhal Richard Abrams: Young at Heart, Wise in Time

Delmark 423 (LP); Delmark DE-423 (CD)

July 2, 1969 through August 20, 1969
  1. Wise in Time [23:00]

[Composition, Muhal Richard Abrams]

Henry Threadgill (alto sax)
Muhal Richard Abrams (piano)
Leo Smith (fleugelhorn)
Lester Lashley (bass)
Thurman Barker (drums; percussion)

young at heart, wise in time



75.09.10

AIR: AIR Song

Why Not PA-7120 (LP)
India Navigation IN-1057 (LP)

September 10, 1975
P.S. Recording Studios, Chicago
  1. Untitled Tango [12:08]
  2. Great Body of the Riddle or Where were the Dodge Boys when my Clay started to slide [13:29]
  3. Dance of the Beast [11:03]
  4. AIR Song [12:17]

[All compositions, Henry Threadgill]

Henry Threadgill (alto sax-3; tenor sax-1; baritone sax-2; flute-4)
Fred Hopkins (bass)
Steve McCall (drums)

air song front air song back



76.05.22

Various Artists: Wildflowers 1

AIR
Douglas 7045 (LP)

[Also ] May 22, 1976
Wildflowers Festival
Studio Rivbea
New York City
  1. USO Dance [8:26]

[Composition, Henry Threadgill]

Henry Threadgill (alto sax)
Fred Hopkins (bass)
Steve McCall (drums)

wildflowers 1 lp wildflowers



76.07.01

AIR: Live AIR

Black Saint BSR 0034

July 1, 1976
  1. Eulogy For Charles Clarke [10:37] *)
  2. Portrait Of Leo Smith [8:06] *)
  3. Keep Right On Playing Thru the Mirror Over the Water [15:30] **)
  4. Be Ever Out [5:40] **)

*)   Side A recorded July 1, 1976, at Studio Rivbea, New York. Clark's surname misspelt.
**) Side B recorded October 28, 1977, at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan.

[All compositions, Henry Threadgill]

Henry Threadgill (tenor sax, alto sax, flute, percussion)
Fred Hopkins (bass)
Steve McCall (drums, percussion)

live air



76.07.15

AIR: AIR Raid

Why Not PA-7156 (LP)

July 15, 1976
Basement Studio
New York City
  1. AIR Raid [11:55]
  2. Midnight Sun [7:05]
  3. Release [16:31]
  4. Through a Keyhole Darkly [7:20]

[All compositions, Henry Threadgill]

Henry Threadgill (chinese musette-1; alto sax-1,2; flute-3; hubkaphone-3; tenor sax-4)
Fred Hopkins (bass)
Steve McCall (drums)

air raid air raid



76.09.08

Chico Freeman: Morning Prayer

Why Not PA-7155 (LP)

September 8, 1976
P.S. Recording Studios
Chicago, IL
  1. Like the Kind of Peace it is [8:01]
  2. The In Between [7:47]
  3. Conversations [6:49]
  4. Morning Prayer [12:50]
  5. Pepe's Samba [9:58]

[All compositions, Chico Freeman]

Chico Freeman (tenor sax; soprano sax; flute; pan-pipe; percussion)
Henry Threadgill (alto sax; baritone sax; flute; percussion)
Muhal Richard Abrams (piano)
Cecil McBee (bass; cello)
Douglas Ewart (bass flute; bamboo flute; percussion-4)
Steve McCall (percussion)
Ben Montgomery (drums; percussion)

morning prayer morning prayer back



77.01.22

Roscoe Mitchell: Nonaah

Nessa 9/10

January 22, 1977
Stu Black Sound Studios
Chicago, IL
  1. NONAAH [17:34]

[Composer, Roscoe Mitchell]

Roscoe Mitchell (alto saxophone)
Joseph Jarman (alto saxophone)
Wallace McMillan (alto saxophone)
Henry Threadgill (alto saxophone)

This album contains 9 selections with different groups, but
Threadgill appears only on this version of Noonah, side D track #2.

{Primary Source: Mark Meade & Frank Malczewski}

nonaah



77.09.22

Anthony Braxton: NW5-9M4 (For Trio)

Arista 4181 (LP)

September 22, 1977
Streetville Sound Studios
Chicago, IL
  1. Version 1 [20:22]
  2. Version 1 [20:56]
Anthony Braxton (C flute; alto flute; soprano clarinet; Bb clarinet; contra alto clarinet; contra bass clarinet; Eb soprano sax; alto sax; contra bass sax; taragata; gongs; perc; little instruments / Composition)
Henry Threadgill (flute; bass flute; alto sax; tenor sax; baritone sax; clarinet; hub "t" wall; gongs; percussion; little instruments / track 1 only)
Douglas Ewart (piccolo; flute; soprano clarinet; Bb clarinet; bass clarinet; Eb soprano sax; Bb soprano sax; alto sax; bassoon; Ewartophone; gongs; percussion; little instruments / track 1 only)
Roscoe Mitchell (piccolo; flute; clarinet; soprano sax; alto sax; tenor sax; baritone sax; bass sax; gongs; percussion; little instruments / track 2 only)
Joseph Jarman (flute; clarinet; alto clarinet; bass clarinet; soprano sax; alto sax; baritone sax; bass sax; vibraphone; gongs; percussion; little instruments / track 2 only)

{Primary Source: info via Jeff Caltabiano}



77.11.17
77.11.18

AIR: AIR Time

Nessa N-12 (LP) 1978; Nessa NCD-12 (1996)

November 17 & 18, 1977
Streeterville Studios
Chicago, IL
  1. I'll Be Right Here Waiting... (McCall) [2:29]
  2. No. 2 (Threadgill) [11:46]
  3. G.v.E. (Hopkins) [6:59]
  4. Subtraction (Threadgill) [13:20]
  5. Keep Right On Playing Thru the Mirror Over the Water (Threadgill) [9:04]

Henry Threadgill (alto sax; tenor sax; flute; bass flute; hubkaphone)
Fred Hopkins (bass)
Steve McCall (drums; percussion

air time



77.11.01
through
77.12.31

Muhal Richard Abrams: 1-OQA+19

Black Saint BSR 0017 (LP); 120 017-2 (CD)

November through December, 1977
Generation Sound Studios
New York City
  1. Charlie in the Parker [9:05]
  2. Balladi [9:07]
  3. Arhythm Songy [8:53]
  4. Oqa [6:58]
  5. Ritob [7:49]

[All compositions, Muhal Richard Abrams]

Henry Threadgill (alto sax, tenor sax, flute, voice)
Anthony Braxton (sopranino sax, alto sax, flute, clarinet, voice)
Muhal Richard Abrams (piano, synthesizer, voice)
Leonard Jones (bass, voice)
Steve McCall (drums, percussion, voice)

1-oqa+19



78.02.21
78.02.22

AIR: Open Air Suit

Arista/Novus 3002 (LP)

February 21 & 22, 1978
C.I. Recording Studios
New York City
  1. Card Two: The Jick or Mandrill's Cosmic Ass [7:25]
  2. Card Five: Open Air Suit [10:22]
  3. Card Four: Strait White Royal Flush...78 [6:15]
  4. Card One: Cutten {2 Knuckles + 2 Widows + 2 Tricks}/3 X1 [15:30]
  5. Card Three: Trummps Room 201 Bed 3 [not released on this album]

[All compositions, Henry Threadgill]

Henry Threadgill (alto sax; tenor sax; baritone sax; flute)
Fred Hopkins (bass; maracas; stick)
Steve McCall (drums; percussion)

According to the sleeve notes, one piece of the suit, "Card Three: Trummps Room 201
Bed 3" (observe the spelling of trummps with two m!), was omitted due to the fact that
the lp couldn't contain one more tune. However, this tune should be forthcoming on a
future recording. I haven't seen that and if someone has more knowledge about this,
I should be very happy to be informed.

Is it perhaps too much to hope for that this excellently recorded, but highly underrated
album, could be reissued on CD with all five cards present? Now it's done, see
"Complete Novus/Columbia Recordings", though still without that extra track.

open air suit



78.03.27 - 78.04.27

Frank Walton: Reality

Delmark DS 436 (LP)
Delmark 436 (CD)

March 27 - April 27, 1978

  1. Safari (Crystal, Penson, Raisin) [6:03]
  2. Spongie (Frank Walton) [8:15]
  3. Waltz of the Prophets (Ari Brown) [7:29]
  4. Shorter's Vibes (Ari Brown) [8:47]
  5. Change of Mode (Frank Walton) [12:58]
Frank Walton (trumpet and flugelhorn)
Henry Threadgill (alto sax)
Ari Brown (tenor and soprano sax)
Jodie Christian (piano)
Rudolph Penson (bass)
Ben Montgomery (drums)



78.07.22

AIR: Montreux Suisse Air

Arista/Novus 3008 (LP)

July 22, 1978
Montreux Jazz Festival
  1. Let's All Go Down To The Footwash (Threadgill) [11:12]
  2. Abra (Threadgill) [12:50]
  3. Suisse Air (Threadgill, Hopkins, McCall) [15:07]

Henry Threadgill (alto sax; tenor sax; baritone sax; hubkaphone)
Fred Hopkins (bass)
Steve McCall (drums; percussion)

montreux suisse air



78.07.27

Roscoe Mitchell: L-R-G/The Maze/S II Examples

Nessa 14/15 (LP)

July 27, 1978
Columbia Recording Studios
  1. The Maze (Roscoe Mitchell) [21:40]
Roscoe Mitchell (perc)
Henry Threadgill (perc)
Antony Braxton (perc)
Joseph Jarman (perc)
Douglas Ewart (perc)
Malachi Favors (perc)
Thurman Barker (perc)
Don Moye (perc)



79.01.13

Henry Threadgill: X-75 Volume 1

Arista/Novus 3013 (LP)

January 13, 1979
CI Recording Studios
New York City
  1. Sir Simpleton [6:26]
  2. Celebration [13:21]
  3. Air Song [10:21]
  4. Fe Fi Fo Fum [13:00]

[All compositions, Henry Threadgill]

Henry Threadgill (alto sax; bass flute; flute)
Douglas Ewart (bass clarinet; piccolo; flute)
Joseph Jarman (soprano sax; flute)
Wallace McMillan (piccolo; alto flute; tenor sax)
Amina Claudine Myers (vocal)
Leonard Jones (bass)
Brian Smith (piccolo bass; bass)
Rufus Reid (bass)
Fred Hopkins (bass)

x75 volume 1 front x75 volume 1 back



79.05.11
79.05.12

AIR: AIR Lore

Arista/Novus 3014 (LP); RCA 6578-2-RB (CD)

May 11 & 12, 1979
C.I. Studios
New York City
  1. The Ragtime Dance (Scott Joplin, arranged by Threadgill, Hopkins & McCall) [9:20]
  2. Buddy Bolden's Blues (Jelly Roll Morton) [9:30]
  3. King Porter Stomp (Jelly Roll Morton) [3:52]
  4. Paille Street (Threadgill) [2:20]
  5. Weeping Willow Rag (Scott Joplin, arranged by Threadgill, Hopkins & McCall) [11:31]

Henry Threadgill (tenor sax; alto sax; flute)
Fred Hopkins (bass)
Steve McCall (drums; percussion)

air lore



80.07.25
80.07.28

David Murray Octet: Ming

Black Saint BSR 0045 (LP) 1980

July 25 & 28, 1980
Right Track Recording Studios
New York City
  1. The Fast Life [8:53]
  2. The Hill [10:40]
  3. Ming [4:24]
  4. Jasvan [8:48]
  5. Dewey's Circle [6:32]

[All compositions, David Murray]

David Murray (tenor sax; bass clarinet)
Henry Threadgill (alto sax)
Olu Dara (trumpet)
Lawrence "Butch" Morris (cornet)
George Lewis (trombone)
Anthony Davis (piano)
Wilber Morris (bass)
Steve McCall (percussion)

ming



80.12.28

AIR: AIR Mail

Black Saint BSR 0049 (LP)

December 28, 1980
Right Track Studio
New York City
  1. B.K. (McCall) [8:55]
  2. R.B. (Hopkins) [8:19]
  3. C.T., J.L. (Threadgill) [18:27]

Henry Threadgill (tenor sax; alto sax; flute; bass flute; hubkaphone)
Fred Hopkins (bass)
Steve McCall (drums; bells)

air mail



81.00.00

Material: Memory Serves

Celluloid 529812; Celluloid 5007 (LP)

date?, 1981
OAO Studio
Brooklyn, New York
  1. Memory Serves (Laswell, Beinhorn) [5:07]
  2. Disappearing (Dara, Sharrock, Laswell, Beinhorn, Maher) [7:10]
  3. Upriver (Bang, Laswell, Beinhorn, Maher) [5:24]
  4. Metal Test (Frith, Laswell, Beinhorn, Maher) [4:30]
  5. Conform To the Rhythm (Laswell, Beinhorn, Frith) [4:28]
  6. Unauthorized (Sharrock, Laswell, Beinhorn, Maher) [3:49]
  7. Square Dance (Frith, Laswell, Maher) [4:28]
  8. Silent Land (Lewis, Laswell, Beinhorn) [3:50]
  9. For a Few Dollars More (?) [4:22] *)

*) Only available on CD releases.

Sonny Sharrock (guitar)
Fred Frith (guitar; violin; vibes)
Henry Threadgill (alto sax solo on 2,6,7)
George Lewis (trombone)
Olu Dara (trumpet)
Billy Bang (violin)
Charles K. Noyes (drums; bells; percussion)
Bill Laswell (4; 6 and 8 string basses)
Michael Beinhorn (synth; tapes; radio; guitar; drums; voice)

Only the LP release, left photo, in my collection.

memory serves memory serves



81.00.00

Various Artists (Muhal Richard Abrams): Amarcord Nino Rota
Interpretations Of Nino Rota's Music From The Films of Federico Fellini

Hannibal HNCD 9301 (CD) 1981

Date ?, 1981
The Hit Factory
New York City
  1. [track "6b"] "Notturno" [2:50]

Sharon Freeman (french horns)
Muhal Richard Abrams (conductor)
Claudio Roditi (trumpet)
Emmet McDonald (trombone)
Henry Threadgill (flute)
Bobby Eldridge (baritone sax; clarinet)
Jay Hoggard (vibes)
Amina Claudine Myers (piano)
Fred Hopkins (bass)
Warren Smith (drums)

{Primary Source: info via R. Lynn Rardin}



81.09.30
81.10.01

The Henry Threadgill Sextet: When Was That?

About Time AT-1004 (LP)

September 30 & October 1, 1981
Sound Ideas
New York City
  1. Melin [3:38]
  2. 10 to 1 [11:25]
  3. Just B [4:12]
  4. When Was That? [10:19]
  5. Soft Suicide at the Baths [11:06]

[All compositions, Henry Threadgill]

Henry Threadgill (flute; bass flute; clarinet; alto sax; tenor sax)
Craig Harris (trombone)
Olu Dara (cornet)
Fred Hopkins (bass)
Brian Smith (piccolo bass)
Pheeroan akLaff (drums)
John Betsch (drums)

{Corrections made by Larry Shengold, About Time Records}

Only the LP release, left photo, in my collection.

when was that lp when was that cd



81.10.31
81.11.01

David Murray Octet: Home

Black Saint BSR 0055 (LP)

October 31 & November 1, 1981
Right Track Recording Studio
New York City
  1. Home [5:58]
  2. Santa Barbara and Crenshaw Follies [7:30]
  3. Blues Choctaw [6:80]
  4. Last of the Hipmen [9:12]
  5. 3-D Family [8:35]

[All compositions, David Murray]

David Murray (tenor sax; bass clarinet)
Henry Threadgill (alto sax; bass flute)
Olu Dara (trumpet)
Lawrence "Butch" Morris (cornet)
George Lewis (trombone)
Anthony Davis (piano)
Wilber Morris (bass)
Steve McCall (percussion)

home



82.01.23

AIR: 80° Below '82

Antilles 1007 (LP)

January 23, 1982
Right Track Recording Studio
New York City
  1. Chicago Breakdown (Jelly Roll Morton) [7:58]
  2. The Traveller (Threadgill) [9:28]
  3. 80 ° Below '82 (Threadgill) [8:02]
  4. Do Tell (Threadgill) [9:50]

[All compositions, Henry Threadgill]

Henry Threadgill (alto sax)
Fred Hopkins (bass)
Steve McCall (trap drums)

On my LP there is a discrepancy in that way that sides A and B are
switched between the sleeve and the record labels. The text on the
sleeve should be correct, with Chicago Breakdown and The Traveller
on side A, as far as I can understand.

80 below '82



82.07.14
82.07.15
82.07.19

David Murray Octet: Murray's Steps

Black Saint BSR 0065; 120065-1 (LP); 120065-2 (CD) 1983

July 14, 15, and 19, 1982
Barigozzi Studio
Milano, Italy
  1. Murray's Steps [12:25]
  2. Sweet Lovely [8:00]
  3. Sing Song [9:40]
  4. Flowers For Albert [9:40]

[All compositions, David Murray]

David Murray (tenor sax; bass clarinet)
Henry Threadgill (alto sax; flute)
Bobby Bradford (trumpet)
Lawrence "Butch" Morris (cornet)
Craig Harris (trombone)
Curtis Clark (piano)
Wilber Morris (bass)
Steve McCall (percussion)

murray's steps



83.03.22
83.03.23

The Henry Threadgill Sextet: Just The Facts And Pass The Bucket

About Time AT-1005 (LP)

March 22-23, 1983
Right Track Studios
New York
  1. Gateway [9:05]
  2. Cover [7:06]
  3. Black Blues [4:27]
  4. Just the Facts and Pass the Bucket [4:20]
  5. Cremation [6:00]
  6. A Man Called Trinity Deliverance [8:33]

[All compositions, Henry Threadgill]

Henry Threadgill (flute; clarinet; alto sax; baritone sax)
Olu Dara (cornet)
Craig Harris (trombone)
Diedre Murray (cello)
Fred Hopkins (bass)
Pheeroan akLaff (percussion)
John Betsch (percussion)

{Corrections made by Larry Shengold, About Time Records}

just the facts and pass the bucket



83.07.00

NEW AIR: Live at Montreal International Jazz Festival

Black Saint BSR 0084 (LP) 1984 IT; 12084-1 (LP); 120084-2 (CD)

July ?, 1983
Montreal International Jazz Festival
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  1. Sir Simpleton [11:02]
  2. Difda Dance [12:53]
  3. Roll On [4:56]
  4. Tragedy On A Thursday Afternoon [8:32]
  5. No. 1 [9:09]

[All compositions, Henry Threadgill]

Henry Threadgill (alto sax; flute; baritone sax)
Fred Hopkins (bass)
Pheeroan akLaff (percussion)


live at montreal international jazz festival



84.12.07
84.12.08
84.12.09

The Henry Threadgill Sextet: Subject to Change

About Time AT-1007 (LP)

December 7-9, 1984
Right Track Studios
New York
  1. Just Trinity the Man [7:01]
  2. Homeostasis (words by Emilio Cruz) [4:32]
  3. Higher Places [7:34]
  4. Subject to Change [10:53]
  5. This [5:29]
  6. A Piece of Software (lyrics by Cassandra Wilson) [5:29]

[All compositions, Henry Threadgill]

Henry Threadgill (flute; clarinet; alto sax; tenor sax)
Pheeroan akLaff (percussion; recitation-2)
John Betsch (percussion)
Rasul Siddik (trumpet)
Ray Anderson (trombone)
Fred Hopkins (bass)
Diedre Murray (cello)
Amina Claudine Myers (vocal-6)

{Corrections made by Larry Shengold, About Time Records}

subject to change



85.00.00

Various Artists: Lost In The Stars; The Music of Kurt Weill

A&M Records 395 104-2 (CD)

Released 1985
Recorded at Mediasound Studio, N.Y.

Threadgill is only present on this one track:
  1. The Great Hall (from "The Silver Lake") [3:38]

Henry Threadgill (arranger, conductor)
Lester Bowie (trumpet)
Stanton Davis (trumpet)
John Stubblefield (tenor sax)
Gregory Williams (french horn)
Vincent Chancey (french horn)
Tony Underwood (tuba)
Lloyd McNeill (piccolo flute)
Patmore Lewis (violin)
Wint Garvey (violin)
Akua Dixon (cello)
Diedre Murray (cello)
Cecil McBee (bass)
Thurman Barker drums)

{Primary Source: info via Enrico Romero}



86.06.02
86.06.03

NEW AIR: AIR Show No. 1

Black Saint BSR 0099 (LP)

June 2, 1986
Barigozzi Studio
Milano, Italy
  1. Achtud El Buod (Children's Song) [6:28]
  2. Don't Drink That Corner My Life Is In The Bush (lyrics by Wilson) [9:13]
  3. Air Show [5:20]
  4. Apricots on Their Wings [6:03]
  5. Salute to the Enema Bandit [7:20]
  6. Side Step [7:06]

[All compositions, Henry Threadgill]

Henry Threadgill (alto sax; tenor sax; flute; eastern banjo)
Cassandra Wilson (vocal)
Fred Hopkins (bass)
Pheeroan akLaff (percussion)

air show no. 1



86.10.12

Henry Threadgill Sextett: You Know the Number

RCA/Novus 3013-1-N (LP)

October 12, 1986
Uptown Chelsea Sound
New York City
  1. Bermuda Blues [9:26]
  2. Silver and Gold Baby, Silver and Gold [5:45]
  3. Theme from Thomas Cole [6:39]
  4. Good Times [6:33]
  5. To Be Announced [6:27]
  6. Those Who Eat Cookies [6:16]

[All compositions, Henry Threadgill]

Henry Threadgill (bass flute; alto sax; tenor sax)
Rasul Siddik (trumpet)
Frank Lacy (trombone)
Diedre Murray (cello)
Fred Hopkins (bass)
Pheeroan akLaff (percussion)
Reggie Nicholson (percussion)

you know the number



87.00.00

Sly & Robbie: Rhythm Killers

Island 422-842 785; 258-318

Date ?, 1987
Venue ?
Place ?
  1. Fire (J.Williams, C.Satchell, L.Bonner, M.Jones, R.Middlebrooks, M.Pierce, W.Beck) [5:25]
  2. Boops (Here To Go) (Dunbar, Shakespear, Laswell, Shinehead, Collins) [5:16]
  3. Let's Rock (Dunbar, Shakespear, Laswell, Collins, Berger) [7:25]
  4. Yes, We Can Can (Allen Toussaint) [6:24]
  5. Rhythm Killer (Dunbar, Shakespear, Laswell, Shinehead) [4:16]
  6. Bank Job (Dunbar, Shakespear, Laswell, Collins, Berger, Rammellzee) [6:47]

Sly Dunbar (Simmons drums; percussion)
Robbie Shakespear (bass)
Bootsy Collins (vocal; guitar)
Gary "Mudbone" Cooper, Berhard Fowler, Shinehead, Rammellzee (vocals)
Nicky Skopelitis, Pat Thrall (guitar)
Bernie Worrell (prepared piano)
Karl Berger (vibes; melodica)
Henry Threadgill (saxophones; flutes)
D.S.T. (turntable)
Daniel Ponce (bata; bells)
Aiyb Dieng (congas; bells; percussion)
Material strings (arranged and conducted by Karl Berger)

Right picture: Material strings members.

sly & robbie material strings



87.05.00

Cassandra Wilson: Days Aweigh

Winter & Winter 919 012-2

Recorded and Released May 1987

Arrangements by Henry Threadgill.



87.09.20

Henry Threadgill Sextett: Easily Slip Into Another World

RCA/Novus 3025-1-N (LP)
RCA/Novus 3025-2-N11 (CD)

September 20, 1987
Mediasound Studio
New York City
  1. I Can't Wait Till I Get Home (Olu Dara) [4:04]
  2. Black Hands Bejewelled (Threadgill) [7:03]
  3. Spotted Dick is Pudding (Threadgill) [8:51]
  4. Let Me Look Down Your Throat or Say Ah (Threadgill) [7:11] *)
  5. My Rock (Threadgill) [8:09]
  6. Hall (Threadgill) [4:02]
  7. Award the Squadtett (Threadgill) [6:59]

*) Only on CD

Henry Threadgill (alto sax; tenor sax; clarinet)
Rasul Siddick (trumpet)
Frank Lacy (trombone; french horn; flugelhorn)
Diedre Murray (cello)
Fred Hopkins (bass)
Pheeroan akLaff (drums)
Reggie Nicholson (drums)
Aisha Putli [Asha Puthli] (vocal on 5)

easily slip into another world easily slip into another world back



88.12.00

Henry Threadgill Sextett: Rag, Bush and All

RCA/Novus 3052-1-N (LP)

December ?, 1988
Clinton Recording Studios
Place ?
  1. Off the Rag [12:40]
  2. The Devil is on the Loose and Dancin' witha Monkey [6:44]
  3. Gift [5:44]
  4. Sweet Holy Rag [13:20]

[All compositions, Henry Threadgill]

Henry Threadgill (alto sax; bass flute)
Ted Daniel (trumpet; flugelhorn)
Bill Lowe (bass trombone)
Diedre Murray (cello)
Fred Hopkins (bass)
Newman Baker (drums; percussion)
Reggie Nicholson (drums; percussion)

rag, bush and all



90.06.26

Flute Force Four: Flutistry

Black Saint 0164

Recording date: June 26, 1990
Release date: October 21, 1997
  1. T.B.A (Threadgill) [5:39]
  2. Intersection (Newton) [6:53]
  3. Luap Nosebor (Threadgill) [9:04]
  4. Hymn to Wright Reverend (Newton) [6:45]
  5. Paseo Del Mar (Newton) [5:56]
  6. Figwig (Newton / Threadgill) [9:56]

Pedro Eustache (flute; alto flute; bass flute; piccolo)
Melecio Magdaluyo (flute; alto flute)
James Newton (flute; alto flute; bass flute)
Henry Threadgill (flute; bass flute)

{Correction of date thanks to Bob Blumenthal}

flutistry



90.11.19 90.11.20 90.11.21

Henry Threadgill / Very Very Circus: Spirit of Nuff...Nuff

Black Saint BSR 0134 (LP) IT; 120134-1 (LP); 120134-2 (CD)

November 19, 20, and 21, 1990
R.P.M. Studios
New York City
  1. Hope A Hope A [7:40]
  2. Unrealistic Love [10:39]
  3. Drivin' You Slow and Crazy [10:29]
  4. Bee Dee Aff [9:28]
  5. First Church Of This [8:04]
  6. Exacto [5:02]
  7. In The Ring [6:48]

[All compositions, Henry Threadgill]

Henry Threadgill (alto sax; flute)
Curtis Fowlkes (trombone)
Brandon Ross (electric guitar)
Masujaa (electric guitar)
Marcus Rojas (tuba)
Edwin Rodriguez (tuba)
Gene Lake (drums)


spirit of nuff...nuff



91.00.00

Bahia Black: Ritual Beating System

Axiom 314-510 856-2 (CD) 1992

Date ?, 1990
Sorcerer Sound
New York City
  1. Retrato Calado (C. Brown) [2:02]
  2. Capitão Do Asfalto (C. Brown) [5:05]
  3. The Seven Powers (H. Hancock / W. Shorter / Olodum) [7:04]
  4. Uma Viagem Del Baldes De Larry Wright (C. Brown / L. Wright) [3:30]
  5. Olodum (Oludum) [3:26]
  6. Guia Pro Congal (C. Brown) [5:20]
  7. Gwagwa O De (H. Hancock / W. Shorter / Olodum) [8:08]
  8. Follow Me (T. Walls) [4:22]
  9. Nina In The Womb Of The Forest (C. Brown) [2:26]

Carlinhos Brown (guitar, percussion vocals)

Olodum is:
Antonio Luis Alves de Sousa (drums, leader)
Bartolomeu P. Nunes (drums)
Luiz C. S. Alves (drums)
José De Souza (drums)
Antonio Carlos S. Brito (drums)
Gilmario M. de Andrade (drums)
José Carlos Dos Santos (drums)
Luis C. Moreira (drums)
Edilson Da Silva Neiva (drums)
Luis C. M. Monteiro (drums)

Wayne Shorter (soprano saxophone)
Herbie Hancock (piano, prepared piano) Bernie Worrell (Hammond B-3organ)
Henry Threadgill (flute)
Larry Wright (buckets)
David Chapman (buckets)
Tony "Funky Drummer" Walls (drums, metal)

{Primary Source: info via R. Lynn Rardin}



91.00.00

Material: The Third Power

Axiom 422-848 417-2

Date ?, 1991
Platinum Island Recording Studios
Greenpoint, B.C., Canada
  1. Reality (Ranks, Laswell, Dunbar, Shakespeare) [5:15]
  2. Playin' with Fire (Baby Bam & Mike G., Laswell, Collins, Dunbar, Shakespeare) [5:14]
  3. Cosmic Slop (Clinton, Worrell) [5:15]
  4. E-Pluribus-Unum (Nuriddin, Laswell, Dunbar, Shakespeare) [3:40]
  5. Drive-By (Laswell, Dunbar, Shakespeare) [3:21]
  6. Power of Soul (Black Chant) (Nuriddin, Laswell, Collins, Dunbar, Shakespeare) [5:24]
  7. Mellow Mood (Bob Marley) [4:22]
  8. Glory (Laswell, Collins, Dunbar, Shakespeare) [4:33]

Jungle Brothers, J.L. Nuriddin, Shabba Ranks, Gary "Mudbone" Cooper, Jenny Peters (vocals)
Bootsy Collins, Gary Shider (vocals; guitar)
Herbie Hancock (piano)
Bernie Worrell (piano; organ)
Jeff Bova (synth)
Henry Threadgill (flute)
Robbie Shakespeare (bass)
Nicky Skopelitis (guitar; fairlight)
Michael Hampton (guitar)
Aiyb Dieng (percussion)
Sly Dunbar (drums; drum programming)
Material strings arranged & conducted by Karl Berger

Brass section arranged and conducted by Henry Threadgill:
Olu Dara (cornet; african trumpet)
Joe Daly (baritone horn)
Richard Harper (euphonium)
Marcus Rojas (tuba)
Joel Brandon (whistling)

Horn section:
Fred Wesley (trombone)
Maceo Parker (alto sax)
Pee Wee Ellis (tenor sax)

the third power



91.05.04

Henry Threadgill / Very Very Circus: Live at Koncepts

Taylor Made Records TMR 10292-2 (CD)

May 4, 1991
Koncepts Cultural Gallery
Oakland, CA
  1. Next [9:04]
  2. Snakes Don't Do Suicide [7:39]
  3. I Love You With An Asterisk [5:40]
  4. Someplace [7:30]
  5. Dangerously Slippy [6:51]
  6. King Kong [6:09]
  7. Breach Of Protocol [8:50]

[All compositions, Henry Threadgill]

Henry Threadgill (alto sax; flute; baritone flute)
Mark Taylor (french horn)
Brandon Ross (electric and acoustic guitar)
Masujaa (electric and acoustic guitar)
Edwin Rodriguez (tuba)
Marcus Rojas (tuba)
Larry Bright (drums; percussion)

live at koncepts Very Very Circus!



92.04.09

Leroy Jenkins: Themes & Improvisations on the Blues

CRI 663 (CD) 1993

April 9, 1992
Merkin Concert Hall
New York City
  1. Themes & Improvisations on the Blues [18:31]
  2. Panorama 1 [13:33]
  3. Off Duty Dryad [13:04]
  4. Monkey on the Dragon [15:31]

[All compositions, Leroy Jenkins]

Leroy Jenkins (violin)
Henry Threadgill (flute-2,4)
Don Byron (clarinet-2,4)
Marty Ehrlich (bass clarinet-2,4)
Vincent Chancey (French horn-2,4)
Janet Grice (bassoon-4)
Frank Gordon (trumpet-4)
Jeff Hoyer (trombone-4)
Thurman Barker (traps-4)
Myra Melford (piano-4)
David Soldier (violin-1,3)
Laura Seaton (violin-1,3)
Jane Henry (violin-4)
Ron Lawrence (viola-1,3,4)
Mary Wooton (cello-1,3)
Lindsey Horner (bass-3,4)
Tania Leon (conductor-4)

{Primary Source: info via Jeff Caltabiano}



92.05.00

Kip Hanrahan/Paul Haines: Darn It!

American Clave 1014/18

May, 1992
Sorcerer Sound Studio, New York

Henry Threadgill is only present on this track:
  1. Les paramédicaux érotiques (Paul Haines, Kip Hanrahan, Peter Scherer)

Henry Threadgill (alto sax)
Silvana Deluigi (voice)
Peter Scherer (piano, keyboards)
J.T. Lewis (drums)

{Primary Source: info via René Wezel}



92.11.12

Various Artists: Hal Willner Presents Weird Nightmare Meditations on Mingus

Columbia CK 52739 (CD) 1993

November 12, 1992
Mastersound Studios
Astoria, NY
  1. Meditations On Integration
  2. Weird Nightmare
  3. Weird Nightmare (Reprise)

[All compositions, Charles Mingus]

Michael Blair (marimba eroica-1; drums-1; flapper-1; cloud chamber bowls-2,3)
Art Baron (tuba-1; great bass recorder-2,3; trombone-2,3)
Greg Cohen (bass)
Don Alias (cymbals-1; percussion-1; bass marimba-2,3)
Henry Threadgill (flute)
Marc Ribot (banjo-1; marimba eroica-2,3)
Bill Frisell (guitar)
Francis Thumm (harmonic canon-1; chromelodeon II-2,3)
Elvis Costello (vocal-1,2; harmonic canon-2,3)

{Primary Source: info via R. Lynn Rardin}



93.00.00

Henry Threadgill / Very Very Circus: Too Much Sugar for a Dime

Axiom 314-514 258 (CD) 1993

Date ?, 1993
Sorcerer Sound
Mew York City
  1. Little Pocket Size Demons [10:49]
  2. In Touch [8:49]
  3. Paper Toilet [5:39]
  4. Better Wrapped / Better Unrapped [13:05]
  5. Too Much Sugar [2:58]
  6. Try Some Ammonia [12:23]

[All compositions, Henry Threadgill]

Very Very Circus:
Henry Threadgill (alto sax)
Mark Taylor (french horn)
Brandon Ross (electric guitar; acoustic guitar-5)
Masujaa (electric guitar)
Edwin Rodriguez (tuba)
Marcus Rojas (tuba)
Gene Lake (drums-1,2,3,4,6)

Guest artists:
Dorian L. Parreott II (tuba-2,4)
Larry Bright (drums-2,4)
Leroy Jenkins (violin-2,4)
Jason Hwang (violin-2,4)
Simon Shaheen (violin and oud-2,4)
Johnny Rudas (culo e puya and fulia-2,4)
Miguel Urvina (culo e puya and fulia-2,4)
Mossa Bildner (vocals-2)
Arenae (vocals-2)
Miguel Urvina (culo e puya-5)
Larry Bright (cymbals-5)
Dorian L. Parreot II (tuba-6)

too much sugar for a dime too much sugar for a dime



    



93.00.01

Julian Schnabel: Every Silver Lining Has A Cloud

Axiom 314-524 111

Recorded in NYC 1993
CD Release 1995

Arrangements of String and Brass by Henry Threadgill.

{Primary Source: info via Giuseppe Vigna}



93.01.23
93.01.24
93.01.25

Billy Bang / Craig Harris / Henry Threadgill: Hip Hop Be Bop

ITM 1480

January 23, 24 & 25, 1993
Venue ?
Place ?
  1. Hip Hop Be Bop (Billy Bang, words by Wayne Providence) [3:36]
  2. Riding with Ra (Billy Bang) [3:58]
  3. Night Stick (Joey Eboli, words by Alphonzo Stanley) [3:32]
  4. If You Like It, Lick It (Billy Bang, words by Wayne Providence) [4:51]
  5. Breeze (Joey Eboli, words by Alphonzo Stanley) [3:06]
  6. Shine (Billy Bang, words: Traditional) [5:10]
  7. M'am (Billy Bang, words adapted from "Thank You M'am" by Langston Hughes) [5:10]
  8. Breezy Dub (Joey Eboli) [3:04]

Billy Bang (music)
Joey Eboli (music and arrangements)
Michael Maloy (arrangements)

Henry Threadgill (alto sax)
Craig Harris (trombone)
Brett Allen (guitar)
Wayne Providence (voice)
Prince Dominique (voice)

{Primary Source: Jeff Caltabiano}



93.08.17 93.08.18 93.08.19

Henry Threadgill: Song Out of My Trees

Black Saint BSR 0154

August 17, 18, & 19, 1993
Venue ?
Place ?
  1. Gateway [9:24]
  2. Over the River Club [9:24]
  3. Grief [10:11]
  4. Crea [8:47]
  5. Song Out Of My Trees [8:15]

[All compositions, Henry Threadgill]

Henry Threadgill (alto sax-1,3,5)
Ted Daniel (trumpet-1,4)
Brandon Ross (guitar-1; alto guitar-4)
Jerome Richardson (acoustic bass guitar-1; bass guitar-2,4)
James Emery (soprano guitar-2,4)
Ed Cherry (guitar-2,4,5)
Myra Melford (piano-2)
Tony Cedras (accordion-3)
Amina Claudine Myers (harpsicord-3; organ-5)
Diedre Murray, Michelle Kinney (cello-3)
Gene Lake (drums-1)
Reggie Nicholson (drums-5)

song out of my trees



94.00.00

Sola: Blues in the East

Axiom 314-524 003-2 (CD) 1994

Date ?, 1994
Greenpoint Studio
Brooklyn, NY
    The Broken Zither:
  1. Introduction [2:01]
  2. Boya's Adventures [3:50] *
  3. Meeting With The Woodcutter Ziqi [6:35] *
  4. A Discourse On The Zither [7:24] *
  5. The Appointment With Ziqi [10:52]
  6. Boya's Lament [6:54] *
  7. Breaking The Zither [6:18] *

    Married To Exile (A Story of Wang, Zhaojun)
  8. Beyond The Great Wall [4:09]
  9. The Goose [4:31]
  10. Looking Back [3:56]
  11. The Nation's Boundaries [3:56]
  12. Oh Mother [3:37]

[Music and words composed by Liu Sola, except tracks marked *, words composed by Liu Sola and Umar Bin Hassan.]

Liu Sola (lead and background vocals)
Amina Claudine Myers (Hammond B-3 organ, piano and vocals)
Wu Man (pipa)
Umar Bin Hassan (storyteller)
James Blood Ulmer (guitar)
Jason Hwang (violin)
Henry Threadgill (saxophone)
Ralph Samuelson (shakuhachi)
Ned Rothenberg (shakuhachi and woodwinds)
Fernando Saunders (bass)
Jerome Brailey (drums)
Yukio Tsuji (Japanese percussion)
Aiyb Dieng (African percussion)

{Primary Source: info via R. Lynn Rardin}



94.07.00
through
96.06.00

Kip Hanrahan: A Thousand Nights and a Night (Shadow Night - 1)

american clavé amcl 1042 (CD)

July, 1994 through June, 1996
Venue ?
Place ?
  1. 2. Shaharazade and the Closing of the First Shadow Night (Hanrahan, Ross, Cain, Threadgill) [3:35]

Jennifer Resnick (vocal)
Brandon Ross (guitar)
Michael Cain (piano)
Henry Threadgill (alto sax)



95.00.00

Henry Threadgill / Very Very Circus Plus: Carry the Day

Columbia 66995 (CD) 1995

[Also:] Date ?, 1995

  1. Come Carry the Day [6:06] *
  2. Growing a Big Banana [3:26]
  3. Vivjanrondirkski [5:55]
  4. Between Orchids Lillies Blind Eyes and Crickets [7:45]
  5. Hyla Crucifer... Silence of [6:09]
  6. Jenkins Boys Again, Wish Somebody Die, It's Hot [7:39]

[All compositions, Henry Threadgill]

Very Very Circus
Henry Threadgill (alto sax, baritone flute,flute)
Mark Taylor (french horn)
Brandon Ross (electric and soprano guitars)
Masujaa (electric guitar)
Edwin Rodriguez (tuba)
Marcus Rojas (tuba)
Gene Lake (drums)

Plus
Wu Man (pipa-1,3,5)
Tony Cedras (accordian-1,3,5)
Jason Hwang (violin-1,3,5)
Johnny Rudas (percussion and vocals-1,3,5)
Miguel Urbina (percussion and vocals-1,3,5)
Sentienla Toy (vocals-3,5)
Mossa Bildner (vocals-5)

carry the day



95.06.00

Henry Threadgill: Makin' a Move

Columbia 67214 (CD)

June ?, 1995

  1. Noisy Flowers [6:42]
  2. Like It Feels [11:16]
  3. Official Silence [8:54]
  4. Refined Poverty [9:04]
  5. Make Hot and Give [7:56]
  6. The Mockinbird Sin [12:13]
  7. Dirty in the Right Places [8:10]

[All compositions, Henry Threadgill]

Very Very Circus:
Henry Threadgill (alto sax-2,3,4,5,7)
Mark Taylor (french horn-2,3,5,7)
Brandon Ross, Ed Cherry (electric guitar-2,3,5,7)
Edwin Rodriguez, Marcus Rojas (tuba-2,3,5,7)
Pheeroan akLaff (drums-2,3,5,7)
Myra Melford (piano-1)
Brandon Ross (nylon string soprano guitar-1,6)
James Emery (steel string soprano guitar-1,6)
Ed Cherry (steel string acoustic guitar-1,6)
Ayodele Aubert (classical guitar-1,6)
Michelle Kinney (cello-4,6)
Diedre Murray (cello-4,6)
Akura Tourre (cello-4,6)

makin' a move



96.02.27

Abiodun Oyewole: 25 Years

Rykodisc 10335

February 27, 1996

Arrangements of Guitar and Horn by Henry Threadgill.

abiodun oyewole 25 years



96.08.00

Henry Threadgill & Make a Move: Where's Your Cup?

Columbia 67617 (CD)

[Also:] August ?, 1996
East Side Sound
New York City
  1. 100 Year Old Game [10:54]
  2. Laughing Club [5:00] *
  3. Where's Your Cup? [11:14]
  4. And This [13:40]
  5. Feels Like It [6:39]
  6. The Flew [9:50]
  7. Go To Far [8:56]

[All compositions, Henry Threadgill]

Henry Threadgill (alto sax; flute)
Brandon Ross (electric and classical guitar)
Tony Cedras (accordian; harmonium)
Stomu Takeishi (5-string fretless bass)
J.T. Lewis (drums)

where's your cup



97.00.00 - 01.00.00

Jean-Paul Bourelly: Trans Atlantic - Boom Bop II

Double Moon Records (Germany)

1997-2001
Power Play/Planet Sound
New York City
  1. Awakening
  2. The Spirit Wheel
  3. Cool Papa N'Diaye
  4. Fatima
  5. Blowin' Omni
  6. Pluto Lounge
  7. Thierno de Conakry
  8. The Scent of The Healer
  9. Harmofunkalodica
  10. Trance Atlantic
  11. Myth and Diffusion
  12. Traffic
  13. Freedom Delta

[All compositions, Carl and Jean-Paul Bourelly]

Carl Bourelly (keyboards and programming)
Jean-Paul Bourelly (guitars and sonic treatment)
Olu Dara (cornet)
Joseph Bowie (trombone)
Will Calhoun (drums, Korg Wave Drum)
Dennis Chambers (drums)
Abdourahmane Diop (vocals)
Melvin Gibbs (electric bass)
Vincent Henry (alto and tenor saxophone)
Orbert "Big Royale" Talamachus (contra boom bass)
Henry Threadgill (alto saxophone, flute)
Reggie Workman (acoustic bass)

Henry Threadgill is present on tracks 2, 3, 5, 6 and 7.

{Primary Source: info via René Wezel}



98.00.00

Douglas Ewart and Inventions Clarinet Choir: Angles Of Entrance

Arawak AA 004 (CD) 1998

Date ?, 1998
Venue ?
Atlanta, GA *

* track 6 live at Merkin Hall, New York City
  1. Protusions [8:17]
  2. Migration of Whales [4:44]
  3. One Love [10:19]
  4. Red Hills [8:37]
  5. Angels of Entrance [7:20]
  6. Ewartology [11:54]
[All compositions, Douglas Ewart]

Douglas Ewart (B Flat Bass Clarinet-1,2,4; E Flat Alto Clarinet-3; Gong-3; B Flat Contra Bass Clarinet-4; B Natural Ewartophone-6)
Malachi Favors Maghostut (Double Bass; Thunder Sheet-3,6)
Mwata Bowden (B Flat Bass Clarinet-1,2; B Flat Contra Bass Clarinet-3; E Flat Sopranino Clarinet-4,6)
Anthony Braxton (B Flat Contra Bass Clarinet-1,2,4; E Flat Sopranino Clarinet-3)
J.D. Parran (E Flat Contra Alto Clarinet-1,2,3,4; E Flat Alto Clarinet-6)
Roscoe Mitchell (B Flat Bass Clarinet, with extended lower range-1; B Flat Bass Clarinet-2; B Flat Soprano Clarinet-3,4)
Henry Threadgill (B Flat Soprano Clarinet)
Edward Wilkerson, Jr. (B Flat Soprano Clarinet-1,3,6; E Flat Alto Clarinet-2,4)
Don Byron (B Flat Soprano Clarinet-6; B Flat Bass Clarinet-6)

{Primary Source: info via Jeff Caltabiano; Following other sources I have completed the list with track 5, "Angels of Entrance"}



99.07.00

Jean-Paul Bourelly: Boom Bop

Jazz Magnet / PAO Records JAM-2005 (CD) AUSTRIA

June, 1999
Dackle Inc. Studios
New York City
  1. Silent Rain [7:35]
  2. Kinetic Threadness [7:01]

[All compositions, Jean-Paul Bourelly]

Jean-Paul Bourelly (electric andacoustic guitar; vocals; effects)
Abdourahmane Diop (drums; vocals)
Henry Threadgill (alto sax)
Reggie Washington (bass-2)
Orbert "Big Royale" Talamachus (filtered boom bass)
Samba Sock (boograboo-2)

{Primary Source: info via Carl Morano}



01.02.25
01.02.26
01.02.27

Henry Threadgill & Make a Move: Everybodys Mouth's a Book

Pi Recordings 01 (CD)
Feb 25, 26, 27, 2001
Orange Music Sound Studio
West Orange, NJ
  1. Platinum Inside Straight [7:10]
  2. Don't Turn Around [7:32]
  3. Biggest Crumb [4:42]
  4. Burnt Til Recognition [7:35]
  5. Where Coconuts Fall [6:32]
  6. Pink Water Pink Airplane [3:42]
  7. Shake It Off [5:07]
  8. What To Do, What To Do [8:08]
[All compositions, Henry Threadgill]

Henry Threadgill (alto sax + flute)
Bryan Carrott (vibraphone + marimba)
Brandon Ross (electric + acoustic guitar)
Stomu Takeishi (electrical bass + acoustic bass guitar)
Dafnis Prieto (drums)

everybodys mouth's a book



01.04.28
01.04.29
01.04.30

Henry Threadgill's Zooid: Up Popped The Two Lips

Pi Recordings 02 (CD)
April 28, 29, 30, 2001
Orange Music Sound Studio
West Orange, NJ
  1. Tickled Pink [6:54]
  2. Dark Black [5:26]
  3. Look [4:54]
  4. Around My Goose [8:00]
  5. Calm Down [5:35]
  6. Did You See That [7:43]
  7. Do The Needful [6:53]
[All compositions, Henry Threadgill]

Henry Threadgill (alto sax + flute)
Liberty Ellman (acoustic guitar)
Tarik Benbrahim (oud)
José Davila (tuba)
Dana Leong (cello)
Dafnis Prieto (drums)

up popped the two lips



01.07.10

Ejigayehu "Gigi" Shibabaw: Gigi

Palm Pictures 2068

Original release date: July 10, 2001

A highly rated album, where Ethiopian vocalist "Gigi" sings African songs,
backed by a huge ensemble, including Henry Threadgill on alto saxophone
and flute.



02.03.00

Lucky Peterson: Black Midnight Sun

Dreyfus Records (France)KOC166432(CD)
Recorded March-April, 2002
Released May 6, 2003
  1. Herbert Harper's Free Press News
  2. Lucky In Love
  3. Is It Because I'm Black
  4. Jody's Got Your Girl And Gone
  5. Smokestack Lightning
  6. Black Midnight Sun
  7. She's A Burgler
  8. Truly Your Friend
  9. Talkin' Loud And Sayin' Nothing
  10. Change Your Ways
  11. Thank You For Talkin' To Me Africa
Lucky Peterson (vocals, guitar, electric piano, organ, syntesizer)
Henry Threadgill (arranger, flute, horns)
Alex J. Harding (baritone saxophone)
Graham Haynes (cornet)
Jesse Dulman (tuba)
Bill Laswell (bass)
Jerome "Bigfoot" Brailey (drums)

{Primary Source: info via Greg Campbell}



03.09.12

Henry Threadgill's Zooid: Pop Start the Tape, StoP

Hardedge 001 (LP)
September 12, 2003
Recorded at Engine 27
New York City
Numbered, limited edition of 1000 (vinyl)
  1. Pop Start the Tape, StoP [42:17]
[Composition and arrangements, Henry Threadgill]

Henry Threadgill (flute, bass flute, hubkaphone)
Liberty Ellman (acoustic guitar)
Tarik Benbrahim (oud)
Dana Leong (cello)
José Davila (tuba)
Elliot Humberto Kavee (drums)

pop start the tape, stop pop start the tape, back



04.05.18
04.05.19

Billy Bang: Vietnam:Reflections

Justin Time JUST 212-2 (CD)
Recorded May 18, 19, 2004
Released May 10, 2005
  1. Reflections [11:49]
  2. Ru Con [3:23]
  3. Lock and Load [12:36]
  4. Ly Ngua O [2:20]
  5. Doi Moi [9:21]
  6. Reconciliation [8:23]
  7. Waltz of the Water Puppets [6:48]
  8. Trong Com [2:29]
  9. Reconciliation 2 [12:52]
["Ru Con", "Ly Ngua O" and "Trong Com" are Traditionals, all other composed by Billy Bang]

Billy Bang (violin, bandleader and composer)
Lawrence "Butch" Morris (cornet and conductor)
Ron Brown (percussion)
Ted Daniel (trumpet)
Henry Threadgill (alto sax + flute)
James Spaulding (alto sax + flute)
Co Boi Nguyen (vocals)
Nnan Thanh Ngo (dan tranh)
John Hicks (piano)
Curtis Lundy (bass)
Michael Carvin (drums)

{Primary Source: info via Christopher Carville}



06.05.08

Dafnis Prieto: Absolute Quintet

Zoho Music

Release date: May 8, 2006

Henry Threadgill: alto saxophone on track 4, Afrotango

{Primary Source: info via Greg Campbell & Mike Wilkens}



08.11.00

Henry Threadgill Zooid: this brings us to, volume 1

Pi Recordings 31 (CD)
November 2008
Recorded at Brooklyn Recording
Brooklyn, NY

Released October, 2009
  1. White Wednesday off the wall [4:57]
  2. To undertake my corners open [8:40]
  3. Chairmaster [7:42]
  4. After some time [8:40]
  5. Sap [4:57]
  6. Mirror mirror the verb [3:20]
[All compositions, Henry Threadgill]

Henry Threadgill (flute, alto saxophone)
Liberty Ellman (guitar)
José Davila (trombone, tuba)
Stomu Takeishi (bass guitar)
Elliot Humberto Kavee (drums)

this brings us to volume 1



08.11.01

Henry Threadgill Zooid: this brings us to, volume 2

Pi Recordings 36 (CD)
November 2008
Recorded at Brooklyn Recording
Brooklyn, NY

Released October, 2010
  1. Lying Eyes [10:03]
  2. This Brings Us To [6:32]
  3. Extremely Sweet William [8:08]
  4. Polymorph [11:32]
  5. It Never Moved [7:15]
[All compositions, Henry Threadgill]

Henry Threadgill (flute, alto saxophone)
Liberty Ellman (guitar)
José Davila (trombone, tuba)
Stomu Takeishi (bass guitar)
Elliot Humberto Kavee (drums)

this brings us to volume 2



10.03.12

Henry Threadgill: Complete Remastered Black Saint Recordings

CAM Jazz BXS 1003 (7 CDs Box Set)

Released March 12, 2010
  1. Live AIR
  2. AIR Mail
  3. NEW AIR: Live At Montreal International Jazz Festival
  4. NEW AIR: AIR Show No 1
  5. Very Very Circus: Spirit Of Nuff...Nuff
  6. Henry Threadgill: Song Out Of My Trees
  7. Flute Force Four: Flutistry
Track Listing.

complete black saint



10.10.00

Henry Threadgill: Complete Novus/Columbia Recordings (#247)

Mosaic Records Limited Edition Box Set (8 CDs), 5000 copies
Release October 2010

Track Listing, Personnel & Recording Dates.

Titles from the previously unissued record, "X75, Volume 2" are:
  1. Luap Nosebor [11:34]
  2. Salute to the Enema Bandit [10:21]
  3. Melin [6:29]
Same personell as on "X75, Volume 1" but without Amina Claudine Myers, voice.

Personally I object to the word "complete" as, according to the sleeve notes of the original album "Open Air Suit",
one piece, "Card Three: Trummps Room 201 Bed 3" (observe the spelling of trummps with two m!), was omitted
from that record due to the fact that the lp couldn't contain one more tune. Nor has it been issued later.
Consequently, it should have been issued in this release.

complete novus & columbia recordings



11.12.03
11.12.04

Henry Threadgill Zooid: Tomorrow Sunny / The Revelry, Spp

Pi Recordings 43 (CD)
December 03-04, 2011
Recorded at Brooklyn Recording
Brooklyn, NY
Released June 2012

  1. A Day Off [5:50]
  2. Tomorrow Sunny [6:30]
  3. So Pleased, No Clue [3:34]
  4. See the Blackbird Now [9:27]
  5. Ambient Pressure Thereby [10:34]
  6. Put On Keep / Frontispiece, Spp [6:25]
  7. Recording Information read by Kate Chumley [1:44]
[All compositions, Henry Threadgill]

Henry Threadgill (alto sax + flute)
Liberty Ellman (guitar)
Stomu Takeishi (acoustic bass guitar)
José Davila (trombone, tuba)
Christopher Hoffman (cello)
Elliot Humberto Kavee (drums)

tomorrow sunny


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Selected broadcasts and private recordings

78.00.00

Muhal Richard Abrams in Laren

Radio Broadcast

Early 1978
Laren
Holland
  1. Charlie in the Parker / Arhythm Songy [1:06:38]

[Composer, Muhal Richard Abrams]

Henry Threadgill (alto sax; flute)
George Lewis (trombone)
Muhal Richard Abrams (piano)
Leonard Jones (bass)
Steve McCall (drums)



79.06.17

AIR in Lovere

June 17, 1979
Recorded live in Lovere, Italy. Soundboard recording.

  1. Through a Keyhole Darkly (Threadgill) [11:45]
  2. Dance of the Beast (Threadgill) [10:15]
  3. G.v.E (Hopkins) [13:45]
  4. Keep Right on Playing Thru the Mirror Over the Water (Threadgill) [11:40]
  5. Midnight Sun (Threadgill) [06:10]

1-4 were performed as a suite and 5 an encore (times are approximate, incl. applauses
and announcement after 4).

Henry Threadgill  (tenor sax (1,4), alto sax (2,5) and bass flute (3))
Fred Hopkins  (bass)
Steve McCall  (drums)

{Primary Source: info via William Ellenberg}



79.06.27

AIR - Live in Pisa '79

June 27, 1979
Recorded live in Pisa, Italy. Mics recording.

  1. Eulogy for Charles Clarke?/Portrait of Leo Smith [14:36]
  2. Somebody Got the Wrong Shoes (for Rafael Garrett) [13:22]
  3. Sir Simpleton [12:37]
  4. Untitled Tango [16:09]
  5. Open Air Suit [05:56]

All compositions by Henry Threadgill.

Track 1 is in 2 parts, the first supposedly with unidentified title, but my humble
guess is that it's a version of "Eulogy for Charles Clarke" with Henry playing
alto sax instead of flute. Track 5 was performed as an encore. This was the
last concert of a 4 month long European tour, which made it very special and
filled with much joyful playing.

Henry Threadgill  (1 as,fl; 2,4 ts; 3,5 as)
Fred Hopkins  (bass)
Steve McCall  (drums)

{Primary Source: info via Greg Campbell}
{The title of the second tune thanks to Jeff Lackie, a disciple of Steve McCall}



80.11.00

Julius Hemphill Big Band, The Public Theatre, NYC

Private recording

November, 1980
Recorded live at The Public Theatre
New York City
  1. The Hard Blues [16:47]
  2. For Billie [8:51]
  3. Open Air [2:23]
  4. Border Town [11:56]
  5. All Harmony [15:07]
  6. Unidentified Title [2:43] (n.c.)

Julius Hemphill (reeds,composer,conductor)
Stan Strickland (reeds)
John Purcell (reeds)
Marty Ehrlich (reeds)
Henry Threadgill (reeds)
Baikida Carroll (brasses)
John Clarice (brasses)
Charles Stephens (brasses)
Erritt McDonald (brasses)
Ed Schuller (bass)
Warren Smith (marimba)
Pheeroan akLaff (drums)

{Primary Source: info via Holger Neuhaus}



81.07.04

Henry Threadgill Sextet, Jazzmania, NYC

Private recording

July 04, 1981
Jazzmania Society
New York City
  1. Unidentified Title [38:27]
  2. Melin [21:04]
  3. Soft Suicide at the Baths [9:34]
  4. Cremation [14:40] (n.c.)
[Compositions, Henry Threadgill]

Henry Threadgill (alto sax, tenor sax)
Lester Bowie (trumpet)
Craig Harris (trombone)
Muneer Abdul Fataah (cello)
Fred Hopkins (bass)
John Betsch (drums)

Honour to the one who saved this important performance for future listening.
As I know, it is the one and only occasion where you can hear Lester Bowie
and Muneer Abdul Fataah in a Threadgill group. This combo has also a different
sound compared with the other sextet recordings. A performance filled with rough,
adventurous playing, wild and heavy swing, combined with a lot of free collective
improvising, especially in the closing tune. Joyful playing and listening.

{Primary Source: info via Andrea Gaggero}



82.03.20

AIR & Amiri Baraka

WDR Radio Broadcast

March 20, 1982
A-FM CDR
Köln, Germany
  1. Zoodoo (Dead Things)  [4:34]
  2. Bad News  [4:18]
  3. I Love Music (for John Coltrane)  [3:53]
  4. Against Bourgeois Art  [6:03]
  5. Afro-American Lyric  [5:39]
  6. Wailers (for Larry Neal & Bob Marley)  [5:07]
  7. Am/Trak (for John Coltrane)  [10:22]
  8. Class Struggle in Music 1  [5:32]
  9. Class Struggle in Music 2  [5:58]
  10. Announcement by Amiri Baraka  [0:30]

[Poems by Amiri Baraka]

Amiri Baraka /LeRoi Jones (recitation)
Henry Threadgill (alto sax and flute)
Fred Hopkins (bass)
Steve McCall (drums)

Amiri Baraka's forceful voice blends excellently with AIR's music,
Threadgill improvising relaxed and freely around his own tunes, as in
Good Times. In Am/Trak is Coltrane's Equinox woven around Monk's
Epistrophy. He also nods at Diz & Bird (in Class Struggle In Music 2)
with Groovin' High, following the spoken word.

{Primary Source: info via Greg Campbell}

AIR!

AIR poster for this program.
    The above photo of Henry also decorates the front page of the September, 1983, issue of "Jazz Times".


  



82.04.02

AIR in Salzburg

Concert recording

April 02, 1982
Jazz im Theater-Elisabethbühne,
Salzburg, Austria.
  1. Subtraction (Threadgill) [9:00]
  2. R.B. (Hopkins) [11:30]
  3. Do Tell (Threadgill) [29:46]
  4. Unidentified Title [9:41]
  5. Dedicated to Jimmy Garrison (Hopkins) [6:47]

Henry Threadgill (alto sax (3), tenor sax (2,4) and flute (1))
Fred Hopkins (bass)
Steve McCall (drums)

"Dedicated to Jimmy Garrison" is an unaccompanied bass solo.

{Primary Source: info via Greg Campbell}



82.06.29

Henry Threadgill Sextet at Kool Jazz Festival, NYC

Radio Broadcast

June 29, 1982
Kool Jazz Festival
NYC
  1. Announcement by Ben Sidran [0:47]
  2. Fanfare and Ceremony [22:17]
  3. Announcement by Ben Sidran [0:33]

The composition "Fanfare and Ceremony" is built in two parts,
first the fanfare starts with drums followed by Olu Dara's cornet
and Craig Harris' trombone, the band continuing with the "Cremation"
theme, then passing over into the second part, the 13:45 minutes
long "When Was That".

[Compositions, Henry Threadgill]

Henry Threadgill (alto sax)
Olu Dara (cornet)
Craig Harris (trombone)
Fred Hopkins (bass)
Brian Smith (bass)
John Betsch (drums)
Pheeroan akLaff (drums)

{Primary Source: info via Greg Campbell}



85.02.02

The Henry Threadgill Windstring Ensemble: "Imaginary Film & Radio Show"

Private Recording

February 02 1985
The Alternative Museum
New York
  1. Tunin' Up [0:38]
  2. When Life Is Cheap And Taken For Granite, part 1 [13:11]
  3. When Life Is Cheap And Taken For Granite, part 2 [10:09]
  4. When Life Is Cheap And Taken For Granite, part 3 [8:09]
  5. When Life Is Cheap And Taken For Granite, part 4 [5:20]
  6. When Life Is Cheap And Taken For Granite, part 5 [5:22]
  7. Bed Ghosts..., or I'll Be All Over You Like A Cheap Suit, part 1 [5:35]
  8. Bed Ghosts..., or I'll Be All Over You Like A Cheap Suit, part 2 [12:05]
  9. Bed Ghosts..., or I'll Be All Over You Like A Cheap Suit, part 3 [8:58]
  10. Bed Ghosts..., or I'll Be All Over You Like A Cheap Suit, part 4 [6:24]
  11. Bed Ghosts..., or I'll Be All Over You Like A Cheap Suit, part 5 [3:53]

[All Compositions by Henry Threadgill,  Synopsis by Ilyse Kazar,  Imaginary Libretto by Threadgill]

Henry Threadgill (alto sax)
Tony Underwood (tuba)
Patmore Lewis (violin)
Leroy Jenkins (viola)
Akua Dixon Turre (cello)
Jean-Paul Bourelly (guest artist on guitar)

Henry!
Poster, connected to this program.

Concerts were also given, with no known recording, by Henry Threadgill &
Windstring Ensemble with same or different musicians on these occasions:

October 26 1984
New York Art Theatre
New York
  1. Bed Ghosts

Henry Threadgill (alto sax, flute)
Tony Underwood (tuba)
Unknown (violin)
Unknown (viola)
Akua Dixon Turre (cello)

October 27 1984
Same place and group

Add guest artist Olu Dara (cornet).

  1. The Android That Terminated Hugh Pinkston Sells and Committed Suicide

{Source: New York Times review by Jon Pareles, probably November 01 1984}

January 10 1985
Carnegie Hall
New York

Henry Threadgill (alto sax and flute)
Bob Stewart (tuba)
Ali Akbar (violin)
Leroy Jenkins (viola)
Akua Dixon Turre (cello)

  1. Premier Piece, Second Quintet [22:00]
  2. The New Second Version of the First Version, 'May the Angels Take You Into Heaven on Earth' [22:00]

{Source: New York Times review by John Rockwell, January 12 1985, see}

June 06 1987
Merkin Concert Hall
New York

Unknown titles

{Source: New York Times, June 06 1987}

{Primary Source on Windstring Ensemble concerts: info via Andrea Gaggero}



85.09.27

Henry Threadgill Sextet in Amsterdam

Radio Broadcast

September 27, 1985
Amsterdam
Holland
  1. Announcer [0:58]
  2. Subject to Change [10:30]
  3. No. 12 (aka Theme From Thomas Cole) [5:00]
  4. A Piece of Software [11:30]

[All Compositions, Henry Threadgill]

Henry Threadgill (alto sax)
Rasul Siddik (trumpet)
Ray Anderson (trombone)
Fred Hopkins (bass)
Deidre Murray (cello)
Reggie Nicholson (drums)
Thurman Barker (marimba & drums)

{Primary Source: info via Greg Campbell}



HTSextett!
Henry Threadgill Sextett (Henry is seen in front with alto sax. Ted Daniel, trumpet, behind).



86.03.14

Henry Threadgill Trio: NEW AIR in Hofheim

Private recording

March 14, 1986
Hofheim
Germany
  1. AIR Song [21:09]
  2. Sir Simpleton [15:14]
  3. Through a Keyhole Darkly [10:20]
  4. No. 1 [09:20]
  5. Midnight Sun [07:55]
Henry Threadgill presents his fellow group members towards the end of 4.

[composer, Henry Threadgill]

Henry Threadgill (alto and tenor sax; flute (1))
Fred Hopkins (bass)
Andrew Cyrille (drums)

{Primary Source: info via Andrea Gaggero}



86.03.19

Henry Threadgill Trio: NEW AIR in Rankweil

Private recording

March 19, 1986
Rankweil
Austria
  1. Unidentified title [15:20]
  2. Unidentified rag [11:08]
  3. G.v.E. (Hopkins) [17:22]
  4. Unidentified title [10:58]
  5. Through a Keyhole Darkly (Threadgill) [15:28]
  6. The Traveller (Threadgill) [11:02]
  7. Sir Simpleton (Threadgill) [9:08]
Henry Threadgill presents his fellow group members after 3 and 5.

Henry Threadgill (alto sax; flute (1))
Fred Hopkins (bass)
Andrew Cyrille (drums)

{Primary Source: info via Andrea Gaggero}



    




87.12.12

Henry Threadgill and Orchestra at the Brooklyn Academy of Music

Recorded at Brooklyn Academy of Music/Next Wave Festival on VHS video-cassette.

December 12, 1987
Brooklyn Academy of Music Carey Playhouse
NYC
  1. Run Silent, Run Deep, Run Loud, Run High [60+ minutes]
Composition and text by Henry Threadgill

Alto saxophone: Henry Threadgill (standing in front of the orchestra)
Violins: Akbar Ali, John Blake, Jason Hwang, Leroy Jenkins, Elektra Kurtis-Stewart, Miriam Papp, Marc Sabat, David Soldier
Violas: Lori Berkowitz, Kenneth Edwards, Dierdre Lawrence, Ron Lawrence
Cello: Dierdre Murray, Abdul Wadud
Bass: Anthony Cox, Fred Hopkins
Percussion: Thurman Barker, Brian [Bryan] Carrott, Eli Fountain, Warren Smith
Voice: Raymond Bazemore, Andy Bey, Avery Brooks, William Drake, Josephine Morris, Marianne Wells, Amina Claudine Myers, Asha Pulti *)
Conductor: Hale Smith

*) The correct spelling of her name should be Asha Puthli.

The performance was reviewed in New York Times by Robert Palmer.

Greg Campbell found this recording in the New York Public Library, and reports: 'The video in the end is quite good.
The performance has an overall theme of darkness to light, which is evident in the lyrics (for example, "In the middle of the
night, daylight comes, down, down, down, all around," and "in the middle of the day, midnight comes, up, up, up, all around,
so clear," and ending with the repeated refrain "Shall you come home, in the middle of the night?"), but also in the lighting.
The piece begins with a dark stage (the players' music stand lights being the only illumination), and gets gradually lighter
over the 70 or so minutes, so that by the end of the piece, you can actually see the forms and faces of the performers.'

Run!
On this shot from the concert, Henry is seen in front and Thurman Barker behind to the right.



89.07.11

Henry Threadgill Sextett: Sweet Holy Rag

Danish Radio Broadcast

July 11, 1989
Jazzhus Montmartre
Copenhagen Jazz festival
  1. Sweet Holy Rag [13:14]

[Composition, Henry Threadgill]

Henry Threadgill (alto sax)
Ted Daniel (trumpet)
Bill Lowe (bass trombone)
Diedre Murray (cello)
Fred Hopkins (bass)
Newman Baker (drums; percussion)
Reggie Nicholson or Yoron Israel (drums; percussion)

Reggie Nicholson was announced as drummer, but my memory (although weak) says Yoron Israel.

Henry!
       Part of the program for this concert. Note that the program maker
       erroneously states New Yorker Cecil Taylor as originating in AACM.





90.00.00

Henry Threadgill / Very Very Circus in Nürnberg

Radio Broadcast

1990
Jazz Ost-West
Nürnberg, Germany
  1. Drivin' You Slow and Crazy [15:30]
  2. Exacto [11:50]
  3. Unrealistic Love [10:20]
  4. In The Ring [8:40] n.c.

[All compositions, Henry Threadgill]

Very Very Circus:
Henry Threadgill (alto sax; flute)
Curtis Fowlkes (trombone)
Brandon Ross (electric guitar)
Masujaa (electric guitar)
Marcus Rojas (tuba)
Edwin Rodriguez (tuba)
Gene Lake (drums)



93.03.00

Henry Threadgill / Very Very Circus in Lund

Swedish Radio Broadcast

Spring (March?), 1993
Mejeriet
Lund, Sweden

Henry Threadgill interview made by Martin Hansson
for Swedish radio program "Django".
  1. Interview, part 1 & Intro [6:36]
  2. I Love You With An Asterisk [6:20]
  3. Breach Of Protocol [11:30]
  4. Snakes Don't Do Suicide [13:58]
  5. Interview, part 2 & Announcement [6:32]
  6. Little Pocket Size Demons [13:42]
  7. Hope A Hope A [14:14]

[All compositions, Henry Threadgill]

Very Very Circus:
Henry Threadgill (alto sax, flutes)
Mark Taylor (french horn)
Brandon Ross (electric and acoustic guitar)
Masujaa (electric and acoustic guitar)
Edwin Rodriguez (tuba)
Herman Peña (tuba)
Gene Lake (drums)

VVC!
Very Very Circus
Mejeriet, Lund 1993
Photo by discographer.



96.07.08

Henry Threadgill & Make a Move at Copenhagen Jazz Festival

Danish Radio Broadcast

July 08, 1996
Copenhagen Jazz House
Copenhagen Jazz Festival
  1. Announcement (by Ib Skovgaard) [1:25]
  2. On Remember [9:25]
  3. Go To Far [10:28]
  4. The Flew [9:00]
  5. 100 Year Old Game [12:30]
  6. Announcement (by Henry Threadgill) [0:25]

[All compositions, Henry Threadgill]

Henry Threadgill (alto sax; flute)
Brandon Ross (electric and classical guitar)
Tony Cedras (accordian; harmonium)
Stomu Takeishi (5-string fretless bass)
J.T. Lewis (drums)

Please turn up the volume for a "100 Year Old...":





99.07.09

Henry Threadgill & Make a Move at North Sea Jazz Festival

Private recording from Radio Broadcast
July 09, 1999
North Sea Jazz Festival
den Hague, Holland
  1. Step Off Smartly [10:00]
  2. Go To Far [11:06]
  3. Don't Turn Around [13:19]
  4. You Can't Get There From Here [9:24]
  5. Burnt Til Recognition [11:15]
[All compositions, Henry Threadgill]

Henry Threadgill (alto sax, flute)
Brandon Ross (guitar)
Bryan Carrott (marimba, vibes)
Stomu Takeishi (bass guitar)
J.T. Lewis (drums)

{Primary Source: info via Andrea Gaggero}



01.08.24

Henry Threadgill's Zooid in Saalfelden

Radio Broadcast
August 24, 2001
Saalfelden Jazz Festival
Austria
  1. Tickled Pink [9:25]
  2. Did You See That [10:35]
  3. Calm Down [13:40]
  4. Pink Water Pink Airplane [4:18]
  5. Announcement by Threadgill [0:28]
  6. Do The Needful [8:14]
  7. Ann. by Festival Arranger [0:20]
[All compositions, Henry Threadgill]

Henry Threadgill (alto sax + flute)
Liberty Ellman (acoustic guitar)
Tarik Benbrahim (oud)
José Davila (tuba)
Dana Leong (cello)
Horacio Hernandez (drums)

Zooid!
Zooid, Saalfelden 2001



07.08.26

Henry Threadgill's Zooid & Strings of the Salzburg Young Philharmonic Orchetra

BBC Radio Broadcast "Jazz on 3, June 27, 2008"
August 26, 2007
Saalfelden Jazz Festival
Austria
  1. Radio Intro [1:57]
  2. Fly, Fliegen, Volar [27:47]
[Composer, Henry Threadgill]

Henry Threadgill (conduction, alto sax, flute)
Liberty Ellman (acoustic guitar)
Rubin Kodheli (cello)
José Davila (tuba, trombone)
Dana Leong (cello, trombone)
Elliot Kavée (drums)

Strings of the Salzburg Young Philharmonic Orchetra, consisting of 6 violins, 4 violas, 2 cellos & 1 bass;
Conductor: Elizabeth Fuchs.

{Primary Source: Andrea Gaggero}

Henry!
Zooid & strings at Saalfelden Jazz Festival, 2007.
Photo copyright © Claudio Casanova / AAJItalia.
Reproduced with permission.



08.10.25

Henry Threadgill's Zooid in Umeå

Radio Broadcast
October 25, 2008
Umeå Jazz Festival
Sweden
  1. Introduction by Lars-Göran Ulander, Swedish Radio
  2. White Wednesday / To undertake my corners open [28:25]
  3. Chairmaster [11:00]
  4. Sap [11:16]
  5. After some time [07:45]
  6. Polymorph [13:25]
  7. Announcement by Henry Threadgill
Announcements by Lars-Göran Ulander after 2, 4 & 7.
[All compositions, Henry Threadgill]

Henry Threadgill (alto sax + flute)
Liberty Ellman (acoustic guitar)
José Davila (tuba, trombone)
Stomu Takeishi (acoustic bass guitar)
Elliot Kavée (drums)



12.08.25

Muhal Richard Abrams' Experimental Band: Live in Saalfelden

Broadcasted and recorded on Deutschlandradio (Tonart)
August 25, 2012
Saalfelden 33:rd Jazz Festival
Austria
  1. Untitled impro [1:12:19]
Muhal Richard Abrams (piano)
Henry Threadgill (alto sax)
Roscoe Mitchell (alto and soprano saxes)
Wadada Leo Smith (trumpet)
Amina Claudine Myers (piano)
George Lewis (trombone)
Leonard Jones (bass)
Thurman Barker (vibes, percussion)
Reggie Nicholson (drums)

A clip from this concert:

    



Society Situation Dance Band

Henry Threadgill has also over the years led his about 20 pieces orchestra,
"Society Situation Dance Band", at least documented on these occasions:
{Primary Source: Antonio Bueno & Chistopher Carville}

For example the lineup from Hudson Tent, according to the jazzfest schedule, should be:

Henry Threadgill (conductor)
Amina Claudine Myers (vocals)
Bob Stewart (tuba)
Brandon Ross (guitar)
Tony Cedras (accordion, harmonium)
Leroy Jenkins (violin)
Jason Kao Hwang (violin)
Charles Burnham (violin)
Akua Dixon Turre (cello)
Michelle Kinney (cello)
John Stubblefield (tenor sax)
Booker T. (tenor sax)
Rolando Brisegno (soprano sax)
Russell Gunn (trumpet)
Ted Daniel (trumpet)
Oswaldo Melendez (trombone)
Stomu Takeishi (electric bass)
J.T. Lewis (drums)
Roberto Maldonado (percussion)

Other vocalists who have been singing with the band are Aster Aweke and the duo of
Sherri Scott and Drew Richards.

On four clips from Hamburg, we see Henry conducting. The first clip finds Bob Stewart on tuba
and Booker T. soloing on tenor sax. The right clip finds Ted Daniel soloing on trumpet and John
Stubblefield on soprano sax. The third clip is dominated by Craig Harris' trombone, followed by
Sherri Scott's and Drew Richards' singing. This duo continues on the fourth clip, followed by
Jerome Harris on bass guitar and John Stubblefield's return, this time on tenor sax. Drummer
(to the right) is Reggie Nicholson and I think the percussionist is Roberto Maldonado:

        

        

SSDB plays Threadgill's arrangements of his familiar tunes, partly from the Sextett albums.
I guess Henry arranged Bell and Ponce especially for SSDB. Unfortunately none of these
concerts have been commercially issued.

According to Henry, these concerts were not meant to be recorded for repeated listening.
They were live performances to dance to, like those of old times.


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Henry Threadgill Compositions

In this discography (or bibliography) you will refind the following compositions made by Threadgill:


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Bibliography

Henry in Jazz Times  Henry in Down Beat  Cover of Henry on bass flute
    From the front page of Jazz Times, September 1983.    From the front page of Down Beat, March 1995.       Front page from publication with Henry on bass flute.


Interviews


Thanks

     I got the opportunity to adopt and develop this project, that Rick Lopez had started on January 25,
     2001, perhaps due to the fact that I already had contributed to it with a majority of the initial detailing
     (Rick's expression). I don't remember the exact date, but Rick made his last update on January 24,
     2005. During his as well as mine leadership, Assistance, Direction and Encouragement have come
     from many gracious individuals and companies.

     To avoid mention some and exclude others, I rather don't list the names here, since you will find
     them in other parts of the discography, mostly as primary source of information about items, mainly
     private recordings and broadcasts or those with Henry as a sideman, or bibliography/interview items.
     Thank you all and especially Rick, who let me take over!

     By listening to radio music programs I first became aware of Threadgill's music. In a jazz program
     I heard a trio with flute, bass and drums called AIR playing a composition in a wonderful and for me
     new way. I didn't remember the name of that tune, but to find out I had to go buying AIR records.
     The first one was "Open Air Suit". After that I had to go on buying all Threadgill records.

     Consequently I want to thank Henry Threadgill for who he is and his wonderful music as well as his
     generosity to talk to me on his Scandinavian visits about his different projects like his "Dance Band"
     and his "Windstring Ensemble", which I hadn't been aware of until then. Thank you Henry and all your
     band members!

     As a curiosity I still don't know, can only guess, which AIR tune I first heard on radio.


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