Air Time

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Air Time
Air Time.jpg
Studio album by
Air
Released1978 (1978)
RecordedNovember 17 & 18, 1977
StudioStreeterville Studios, Chicago
Genre Jazz
Length42:51
Label Nessa
Air chronology
Live Air
(1977)
Air Time
(1978)
Open Air Suit
(1978)

Air Time is an album by the improvisational collective Air featuring Henry Threadgill, Steve McCall, and Fred Hopkins performing three of Threadgill's compositions and one each by Hopkins and McCall. [1]

Contents

Reception

The Penguin Guide to Jazz selected this album as part of its suggested Core Collection, stating: "Listening in detail to its five tracks ...helps illuminate much of the group's language, its vivid exploitation of splintered tempi, deliberately awkward and raucous phrasing, devices from other musical traditions ...and most particularly the use of percussion as another voiced and pitched instrument". [2]

In his Allmusic review, Scott Yanow comments: "The trio Air aimed to have close interplay between three musical equals. This Nessa release (their first recording for an American label) has plenty of explorative solos". [3] The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide said: "Air Time is probably the best single album indication of the band's range". [4]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
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Allmusic Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg [3]
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Track listing

All compositions by Henry Threadgill except as indicated

  1. "I'll Be Right Here Waiting..." (Steve McCall) – 2:29
  2. "No. 2" – 11:46
  3. "G.v.E." (Fred Hopkins) – 6:59
  4. "Subtraction" – 13:20
  5. "Keep Right on Playing Thru the Mirror Over the Water" – 9:04

Personnel

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References

  1. Backstrom, L. & Lopez, R. Henry Threadgill discography accessed February 10, 2010
  2. 1 2 Cook, Richard; Brian Morton (2008) [1992]. "Air". The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings. The Penguin Guide to Jazz (9th ed.). New York: Penguin. p. 13. ISBN   978-0-14-103401-0.
  3. 1 2 Yanow, S. Allmusic Review accessed February 10, 2010.
  4. 1 2 Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide . USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. pp.  5. ISBN   0-394-72643-X.