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Air

Band, 1971-1986 US
Jazz

Air was a Chicago-based free jazz trio founded in 1971 by saxophone player, Henry Threadgill, double bassist, Fred Hopkins, and drummer, Steve McCall. They combined radical free improvisation with a strong sense of tune and equal emphasis on each instrument in the group.They began when Threadgill was asked by Columbia College in Chicago, Illinois, to arrange a number of Scott Joplin songs. Joplin was so strongly associated with piano that the musicians enjoyed the challenge of performing his trademark songs without piano. They opted to play them as rags and as a basis for jazz improvisation.

        
Members
PortraitHenry Threadgill
fl, as *1944 US
PortraitFred Hopkins
b 1947-1999 US
PortraitSteve McCall
perc, dr 1933-1989 US
PortraitPheeroan Aklaff
dr, perc *1955 US
Popular Tracks   
Playground Love on The Virgin Suicides by Air
All I Need (feat. Beth Hirsch) on Moon Safari by Air
Sexy Boy on Moon Safari by Air
La femme d'argent on Moon Safari by Air
Alone in Kyoto on Talkie Walkie by Air
Cherry Blossom Girl on Talkie Walkie by Air
Kelly Watch the Stars on Moon Safari by Air
Ce matin-là - From "L'uomo in più" on Moon Safari by Air
Highschool Lover on The Virgin Suicides by Air
Modular Mix on Premiers Symptômes by Air

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Discography



Title Artist Year Type
The Complete Novus & Columbia Recordings Of Henry Threadgill & AirHenry Threadgill & Air2010Compil.
80° Below '82Air1982Album
Air MailAir1981Album
Live AirAir1980Album
Air LoreAir1979Album
Open Air SuitAir1978Album
Montreux Suisse Air (Live At Montreux 1978)Air1978Album
Air TimeAir1978Album
Air RaidAir1976Album
Air SongAir Feat. Henry Threadgill, Fred Hopkins & Steve McCall1975Album
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