Henry Threadgill: Song Out Of My Trees
Song Out Of My Trees
Henry Threadgill (alto sax)
Song Out Of My Trees (Black Saint 120154)
Henry Threadgill (alto sax),
Amina Claudine Myers (organ), Ed Cherry (guitar), Reggie Nicholson (drums).
Composed by Henry Threadgill.
Recorded: New York, August 17-19, 1993
Rating: 92/100 (learn more)
While Amina Claudine Myers has been a respected organist for decades (as a member of the AACM and Lester Bowie’s New York Organ Ensemble), she has also been a star on the piano (with Charlie Haden’s Liberation Music Orchestra). Frequently Myers gravitates back to piano, possibly to showcase her outstanding vocals. “Song Out Of My Trees”, although not a recent recording, was chosen to highlight her organ style within the avant-garde context, far removed from bop organists like Jimmy Smith, and closer to the searching style of late-period Larry Young.
Henry Threadgill’s animated alto sax and the searing guitar of Ed Cherry are supported by Myers on a skittering melody line. The Leslie is swirling fast from the introduction, and Myers holds sustained chords in the upper register for a stinging effect, while her relaxed walking bass provides a counter-balance. She plays a solo that leads off with sparse, bluesy statements, and she lets this sentiment settle before taking on heavier, harmonically rich ideas employing rapid-fire keyboard slaps. Her solo mixes in some choice gospel inflections, before Threadgill contributes a bright-toned, vocal-driven alto solo.
Reviewer: David Tenenholtz