Henry Threadgill

Makin' a Move

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This 1995 release represents one of three fine recordings that modern jazz saxophonist/composer Henry Threadgill recorded for Columbia Records, although few actually perceived that he would enjoy a longstanding tenure with a market-driven major label. However, Threadgill continued to pursue his deeply stylized craft, consisting of intricately formulated arrangements solidified by the pumping bottom-end work of tubaists Marcus Rojas and Edwin Rodriguez, while electric guitarist Brandon Ross' often blistering attack provides a rough-hewn edge. Throughout, the listener is treated to climactically based motifs featuring the leader's geometrically constructed lines, drummer Pheeroan Aklaff's powerfully executed polyrhythms, and the ensemble's semi-austere chamber-like strings, keys, and acoustic guitar-based thematic variations. Threadgill also incorporates march-like beats into his rather divergent arsenal, as the band's intensity level could perhaps rival some of the '90's most prolific rock, funk, or fusion bands. Overall, Makin' a Move signifies yet another fascinating glimpse of Threadgill's exclusive artistry.

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