For the composer and multireedist Henry Threadgill, music is
momentum, and anything else shouldn’t even be an option. This and myriad other
convictions emerged during a long talk in advance of this Arts &
Leisure profile. We met at the same Italian pastry shop that Threadgill had chosen
for interviews with a couple of my colleagues (whose work is linked at the end
of this post). Every once in a while, another café regular walked by, and
pleasantries were exchanged.
Threadgill has just released a brilliant and intriguing new album, This
Brings Us To, Vol. 1 (Pi). He’ll also be
the focus of a sure-to-be-epic Mosaic box, The Complete Novus &
Columbia Recordings of Henry Threadgill & Air, which probably drops in March of next year. But when we spoke in person,
Threadgill was more focused on the impending premiere
of a Roulette commission called “All the Way Light Touch,” for a cello-enhanced version of his band Zooid.