parlando playlist #32: henry threadgill sextet - subject to change [1985]

Posted on October 16th, 2013 by Scraps.
Categories: Music, Parlando Playlist.

How long was I going to post songs without posting Henry Threadgill?

Threadgill led his Sextet (or Sextett*, sometimes) through most of the eighties, producing six albums, three of them on the About Time label, and three of them on RCA on the Novus imprint. The ones on RCA had been (outrageously) long out of print, though they've been brought back in print, sort of, by an expensive 8-cd limited set by Mosaic (The Complete Novus and Columbia Recordings of Henry Threadgill and Air). As soon as the limited edition sells out, they'll be again out of print. Meanwhile, About Time has kept two of Threadgill's Sextet steadily in print on CD -- except the third, Subject to Change, which inexplicably has never been in print on CD, just vinyl. So: the title track, "Subject to Change".

*it actually was a septet. Threadgill has offered various explanations (he's the leader, and his band is the sextet; or there's two drummers, and he count them as one; etc). Maybe he liked leading a sextet.

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Comment on October 21st, 2013.

A little too skronky for me overall, but I like that slower groove it gets into at the end.


Comment on October 22nd, 2013.

I like skronky-to-groove transitions. But I like skronk.

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