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Henry Threadgill and Make a Move: Where’s Your Cup?

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Henry Threadgill’s timing in creating a new sound with a new working band has always been impeccable. The composer-saxophonist’s formation of Make A Move is no exception. Comprised of veteran Very, Very Circus guitarist Brandon Ross, accordionist Tony Cedras (who performed on Carry The Day and Song Out Of My Trees), five-string electric bassist Stomu Takeishi, and drummer J.T. Lewis, Make A Move brings a distinctive timbral palette and a fresh rhythmic slant to each of Threadgill’s many compositional facets. As a result, Where’s Your Cup? commences an exciting new chapter in Threadgill’s intriguing work.

The album’s opener,”100 Year Old Game,” quickly establishes how Make A Move deftly handles Threadgill’s melting-pot method of incorporating world music. Cedras’ opening unaccompanied solo evokes the Sheshwe bands of South Africa’s gold-mining regions. Yet, Threadgill and the others enter with a subtle tango nuevo-tinged theme. Threadgill’s initially sinewy alto solo is brought to a boil, his phrasing becoming more exclamatory, and his tone thickening to a bray. Cedras reenters with a solo that slips into a frisky two-beat rhythm that is as central to Cajun music as it is to South African music. By the end of the piece, all sense of place is blurred.

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