Montreux Suisse

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Montreux Suisse
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Live album by
Air
Released1978
RecordedJuly 22, 1978
Genre Jazz
Length39:09
Label Arista Novus
Producer Michael Cuscuna
Air chronology
Open Air Suit
(1978)
Montreux Suisse
(1978)
Air Lore
(1979)

Montreux Suisse is a live album by the improvisational collective Air featuring Henry Threadgill, Steve McCall and Fred Hopkins recorded at the Montreux Jazz Festival, in Switzerland in 1978. [1] It has never been reissued on Compact Disc by itself, but it was included in the 8CD Complete Novus and Columbia Recordings of Henry Threadgill and Air set on Mosaic Records.

Contents

Reception

The Allmusic review by Scott Yanow awarded the album 3 stars, stating, "Air's music frequently takes several listens to appreciate, and that is true of this passionate yet thoughtful outing". [2]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
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Track listing

All compositions by Henry Threadgill except as indicated
  1. "Let's All Go Down to the Footwash" - 11:12
  2. "Abra" - 12:50
  3. "Suisse Air" (Henry Threadgill, Fred Hopkins, Steve McCall) - 15:07
  • Recorded at the Montreux Jazz Festival on July 22, 1978

Personnel

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References

  1. Backstrom, L. & Lopez, R. Henry Threadgill discography accessed February 11, 2010
  2. 1 2 Yanow, S. Allmusic Review accessed February 11, 2010.