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Henry Threadgill and Roscoe Mitchell in Concert

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

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.

1 hour, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Henry Threadgill & Zooid recorded at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London on 19 November 2011

    • Untitled

      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)

    • Henry Threadgill's Zooid

      To Undertake My Corners Open

      Composer: Henry Threadgill

    • Henry Threadgill's Zooid

      Talk To The Blackbird

      Composer: Henry Threadgill

    • Henry Threadgill's Zooid

      Sap

      Composer: Henry Threadgill

  • Alex Hawkins interviews Roscoe Mitchell

    • Roscoe Mitchell

      Nonaah

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

    • Untitled

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

    • Roscoe Mitchell, John Edwards and Tony Marsh

      Untitled

      Composer: This music is entirely improvised

    • Roscoe Mitchell, John Edwards and Tony Marsh

      Untitled

      Composer: This music is entirely improvised

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