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Henry Threadgill Very Very Circus

Spirit Of Nuff...Nuff (LP)

Label: Black Saint

Format: LP

Genre: Jazz

In stock


Originally released in 1991 this was Henry Threadgil's new band's debut release. That's where Threadgill introduced the unique concept of dual tubas and dual electric guitars. In Very Very Circus's ultra-layered sound world all roles melt equally into an unprecedented sound experience. A big step forward in modern jazz from one of the greatest composers of our time. Henry Threadgill - alto saxophone, flute, Curtis Fowlkes - trombone, Brandon Ross - electric guitar, Marcus Rojas, Edwin Rodriguez - tuba, Gene Lake – drums 

"After trailblazing stints with the avant-garde jazz trio Air in the '70s and his seven-piece sextet in the '80s, Henry Threadgill changes direction once again with a two tuba, two guitar, trombone, and drums outfit he calls Very Very Circus. Threadgill's layered, idiosyncratic compositions still abound, but as one would expect from a front line like this, the sound is darker and more dense than on prior releases. The new approach is especially evident in the thick mix of reverb-riddled guitar notes, rumbling tuba phrases, and march rhythms heard on numbers like "Drivin' You Slow and Crazy," "Bee Dee Aff," and "Unrealistic Love." Threadgill does lighten the tone, though, by including the Calypso-inspired number "Hope a Hope A" and intricately buoyant themes like "Exacto" and "In the Ring." Standout contributions include Masujaa's mercurial guitar solo on "Unrealistic Love," Threadgill's haunting flute work on "First Church of This," and drummer Gene Lake's supple and tight rhythmic support throughout. Another excellent title from one of jazz's most progressive and original artists." - Stephen Cook, Allmusic.com

Cat. number: BS120134V
Year: 2022

Alto Saxophone, Flute, Producer – Henry Threadgill
Drums – Gene Lake
Electric Guitar – Brandon Ross, Masujaa
Executive-Producer – Giovanni Bonandrini
Producer – David Stone (5)
Trombone – Curtis Fowlkes
Tuba – Edwin Rodriguez, Marcus Rojas

Recorded 19-21 November 1990 at R.P.M. Studios, NYC.

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