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Henry Threadgill and Roscoe Mitchell in Concert

Duration:
1 hour, 30 minutes
First broadcast:
Monday 13 August 2012

Jez Nelson presents rare UK performances by two veterans of the American avant-garde: composer/multi-instrumentalist Henry Threadgill and saxophonist Roscoe Mitchell.

Threadgill, an original member of the Chicago AACM collective, has been at the leading-edge of jazz since establishing his landmark Air trio in the 1970s. Known for his unusual combinations of instruments and musical styles, he has been credited as one of the most important and revolutionary jazz composers of recent years. His Zooid sextet, recorded here at the 2011 London Jazz Festival blends funk, gamelan and Afro-Cuban rhythms in collective improvisation, and features cellist Christopher Hoffmann and tuba player Jose Davila.
Roscoe Mitchell is another AACM graduate and also formed the Art Ensemble of Chicago, a group still active today and known for its use of 'little instruments' such as bicycle horns and found objects. His playing typically alternates fierce energy with patient, sparse development, also reflecting the influence of contemporary classical music. This concert, recorded earlier this year, features a British rhythm section of John Edwards (bass) and Tony Marsh on drums.

Presenter: Jez Nelson
Producers: Peggy Sutton & Chris Elcombe.

Music Played

8 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • Henry Threadgill & Zooid recorded at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London on 19 November 2011

    • Line-up: Henry Threadgill (alto saxophone and flute), Liberty Ellman (guitar), José Davila (trombone, tuba), Christopher Hoffman (cello), Stomu Takeishi (acoustic bass guitar), Elliot Kavee (drums)

    • Image for Henry Threadgill's Zooid
      00:03

      Henry Threadgill's Zooid To Undertake My Corners Open

      Composer: Henry Threadgill

    • Image for Henry Threadgill's Zooid
      00:24

      Henry Threadgill's Zooid Talk To The Blackbird

      Composer: Henry Threadgill

    • Image for Henry Threadgill's Zooid
      00:31

      Henry Threadgill's Zooid Sap

      Composer: Henry Threadgill

  • Alex Hawkins interviews Roscoe Mitchell

  • Roscoe Mitchell, John Edwards and Tony Marsh recorded at Café Oto, London on 10 March 2012

    • Line-up: Roscoe Mitchell (saxophone), John Edwards (bass), Tony Marsh (drums)

    • Image for Roscoe Mitchell, John Edwards and Tony Marsh
      00:45

      Roscoe Mitchell, John Edwards and Tony Marsh Untitled

      Composer: This music is entirely improvised

    • Image for Roscoe Mitchell, John Edwards and Tony Marsh
      01:25

      Roscoe Mitchell, John Edwards and Tony Marsh Untitled

      Composer: This music is entirely improvised

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