Track of the day: Henry Threadgill Zooid, 'Poof' Pi *****

Avant icon Henry Threadgill has a new album out in September called Poof. The composer who is listed as playing alto saxophone, flute and bass flute on the album is joined by guitarist Liberty Ellman, the tuba player and trombonist Jose Davila (who …

Published: 6 Aug 2021. Updated: 42 days.

Avant icon Henry Threadgill has a new album out in September called Poof. The composer who is listed as playing alto saxophone, flute and bass flute on the album is joined by guitarist Liberty Ellman, the tuba player and trombonist Jose Davila (who was on Steve Lehman's classic from 2014 Mise en Abîme), cellist Christopher Hoffman (excellent on James Brandon Lewis' very significant release Jesup Wagon this year) and drummer Elliot Humberto Kavee. 'Now and Then' has a driving momentum with an absorbing solo from Ellman accompanied by deftly vaulting tuba lines and an energy-laden drum line from Kavee. 'Poof' is where Hoffman leads initially as Ellman improvises independently in a certain oblique trajectory to his lines leading to a wonderful bluesy statement on alto by Threadgill (a joy and a significant moment at 1 minute and 1 second: listen a few seconds earlier for the context and then the harmonic response afterwards) and who in 2016 followed in the footsteps of only Wynton Marsalis and Ornette Coleman to become Pulitzer prize winners for music during their lifetimes. Threadgill emerged via the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians in the 1960s. Henry Threadgill photo: via Pi on Bandcamp

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Cinematic Orchestra, The Comet is Coming, Kokoroko and Yazmin Lacey to play Crystal Palace's South Facing

South Facing on 15 August features The Cinematic Orchestra, The Comet is Coming, Kokoroko and Yazmin Lacey among the afternoon-into-evening line-up. The outdoor series at Crystal Palace Park in south London is hosting gigs throughout August …

Published: 5 Aug 2021. Updated: 44 days.

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kokoroko South Facing on 15 August features The Cinematic Orchestra, The Comet is Coming, Kokoroko and Yazmin Lacey among the afternoon-into-evening line-up.

The outdoor series at Crystal Palace Park in south London is hosting gigs throughout August spanning a range of genres. Max Richter for instance appears on 28 August as do next day the English National Opera. Kokoroko, top. Tickets