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Air

First among many ensembles in different genres that have chosen the name Air, this trio specializing in collective improvisation grew directly from the membership of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians. Throughout 11 albums that appeared over a span of one dozen years this group operated in modes comparable to that of the Art Ensemble of Chicago and at times some of Albert Ayler's early trio realizations. Its inception occurred in 1971, when saxophonist Henry Threadgill agreed to fulfill a request from the theater department at Chicago's Columbia College to devise modern arrangements based upon ragtime compositions of Scott Joplin (a concept borne to fruition by Anthony Braxton and Muhal Richard Abrams in 1976). Threadgill joined forces with bassist Fred Hopkins and drummer Steve McCall, and named the trio Reflection.

Although they parted ways the following year, the cooperative unit reassembled in New York in 1975 and chose the elemental name Air. This and their collective penchant for spontaneous creativity resulted in a string of exciting albums with titles like Air Song, Air Raid, Live Air (combining material recorded at Studio Rivbea in New York City's Soho and at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor), Air Time, and Open Air Suite, which has the distinction of being one of the few record albums ever decorated with a painting of a baboon's big blue a** on the cover. Released in 1979, Air Lore returned to the unit's initial itinerary of Scott Joplin, now interspersed with melodies by Jelly Roll Morton.

Following Air Mail (which includes the sound of Threadgill's own invention, the hubkaphone, an instrument made out of hubcaps) and 80 Degrees Below '82, McCall left the group in 1982 to work with Cecil Taylor and Roscoe Mitchell. His replacement was Pheeroan akLaff, a dynamic individual from Detroit who would ultimately be replaced by Andrew Cyrille within months of the group's dissolution. Rechristened New Air, the trio was recorded live at the 1983 Montreal Jazz Festival but made only one other album, Air Show No. 1, in collaboration with vocalist Cassandra Wilson. By the time this recording was made available in 1987, Air had ceased to exist as Threadgill emerged as a leader of his own larger ensembles, issuing records like X-75, Vol. 1, When Was That?, and Just the Facts and Pass the Bucket and in the 21st centuryrecording and performing with his bands, Carry The Day and Zooid. Steve McCall was felled by a stroke in May of 1989 and Fred Hopkins passed away ten years later. ~ arwulf arwulf, Rovi
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Twentyears

Disc 1

1. La Femme D'argent

2. Cherry Blossom Girl

3. Kelly Watch The Stars

4. Playground Love (Feat. Gordon Tracks)

5. Sexy Boy

6. Venus

7. All I Need

8. Alpha Beta Gaga

9. Moon Fever

10. Don't Be Light

11. How Does It Make You Feel

12. Once Upon A Time

13. Alone In Kyoto

14. Talisman

15. Run

16. Le Soleil Est Pres De Moi

17. Land Me (Feat. Guillemette Foucard)

Disc 2

18. Planet Vega

19. Flowerhead

20. Crickets

22. High Point

23. Au Fond Du Rêve Doré

24. Danger Zone

25. Indian Summer

26. The Way You Look Tonight

27. Roger Song

29. Remember (David Whitaker Version)

30. Trente Millions D'amis (Live KCRW 98)

31. Adis Abebah (From The Soundtrack Of 'Quartier Lointain')

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Track List: Open Air Suit

1. Card Two: The Jick Or Mandrill's Cosmic A**

2. Card Five: Open Air Suit

3. Card Four: Straight White Royal Flush...78

4. Card One: Cutten (2 Knuckles, 2 Widows, 2 Tracks)/3 X 1

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Track List: Le Voyage Dans La Lune

1. Astronomic Club

2. Seven Stars

3. Retour Sur Terre

4. Parade

5. Moon Fever

6. Sonic Armada

7. Who Am I Now?

8. Decollage

9. Cosmic Trip

10. Homme Lune

11. Lava

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Track List: Love 2

1. Do The Joy

2. Love

3. So Light Is Her Footfall

4. Be A Bee

5. Missing The Light Of The Day

6. Tropical Disease

7. Heaven's Light

8. Night Hunter

9. Sing Sang Sung

10. Eat My Beat

11. You Can Tell It To Everybody

12. African Velvet

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Track List: Pocket Symphony

1. Space Maker

2. Once Upon A Time

4. Napalm Love

5. Mayfair Song

6. Left Bank

7. Photograph

8. Mer Du Japon

9. Lost Message

11. Redhead Girl

12. Night Sight

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Track List: People In The City (Single)

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Track List: Talkie Walkie

1. Venus

2. Cherry Blossom Girl

3. Run

4. Universal Traveler

5. Mike Mills

6. Surfing On A Rocket

7. Another Day

8. Alpha Beta Gaga

9. Biological

10. Alone In Kyoto

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Track List: City Reading (Tre Storie Western)

1. Bird

2. Prologo Per La Puttana Di Closingtown

3. Se Vuoi Capire La Loro Storia

4. Pat Cobhan Ride

5. Fanny Scivola Con Le Labbra

6. Pat Cobhan Alza Gli Occhi

7. Young

8. Affanculo

9. Quell' Uomo Bara, Dice

10. Finale

11. Prologo

12. Il Primo Giorno

13. Il Secondo Giorno

14. Il Terzo Giorno

15. L'urlo

16. Mondo Sparito

17. Il Quarto Giorno

18. Macchie Di Sangue

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Track List: Everybody Hertz

1. Don't Be Light

2. Don't Be Light (Mr. Oizo Remix)

3. How Does It Make You Feel? (Adrian Sherwood Version)

4. Don't Be Light (Neptunes Remix)

5. People In The City (Modjo Remix)

6. Don't Be Light (The Hacker Remix)

7. How Does It Make You Feel?

8. Don't Be Light (Malibu Remix)

9. People In The City (Jack Lahana Remix)

10. The Way You Look Tonight

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Track List: Air Song

1. Untitled Song

2. Great Body Of The Riddle Or Where Were The Dodge Boys When My Clay Started To Slide

3. Dance Of The Beast

4. Air Song

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Track List: 10,000 Hz Legend

2. How Does It Make You Feel?

5. Radian

6. Lucky And Unhappy

7. Sex Born Poison

8. People In The City

9. Wonder Milky B**ch

10. Don't Be Light

11. Caramel Prisoner

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Track List: Playground Love

1. Playground Love

2. Bathroom Girl (Demo Version)

3. Playground Love (Vibraphone Version)

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Track List: Premiers Symptômes

1. Modulor Mix

2. Casanova 70

3. Les Professionnels

4. J'ai Dormi Sous L'eau

5. Le Soleil Est Près De Moi

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Track List: Premiers Symptomes

1. Modular Mix

2. Casanova 70

3. Les Professionnels

4. J'ai Dormi Sous L'eau

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Track List: Moon Safari

1. La Femme D'Argent

2. Sexy Boy

3. All I Need

4. Kelly Watch The Stars

5. Talisman

6. Remember

7. You Make It Easy

8. Ce Matin La

9. New Star In The Sky

10. Le Voyage De Penelope

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Track List: Air Lore

1. The Ragtime Dance

2. Buddy Bolden's Blues

3. King Porter Stomp

4. Paille Street

5. Weeping Willow Rag

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Track List: Air Raid

1. Air Raid

2. Midnight Sun

3. Release

4. Through A Keyhole Darkly

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