Carry the Day

Genre: Jazz; Lead Performer: Henry Threadgill

Composer/alto saxophonist Threadgill wants to surprise you, to activate synapses you’ve never used. His ugly/beautiful music is the most persuasive alternative to today’s neo-conservative jazz mainstream. Who else could toss together two tubas, an accordion, Venezuelan hand-drums, a French horn, and an electric guitar with enchanting results? Is Carry the Day (Columbia) jazz? Who cares? A

Originally posted February 10 1995 — 12:00 AM EST

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