Air Mail (album)

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Air Mail
Air Mail (album).jpg
Studio album by Air
Released 1981
Recorded 28 December 1980
Genre Jazz
Length 35:41
Label Black Saint
Producer Giovanni Bonandrini
Air chronology
Air Lore
Air Mail
80° Below '82

Air Mail is an album by the improvisational collective Air featuring Henry Threadgill, Steve McCall, and Fred Hopkins recorded for the Italian Black Saint label.[1] The album consists of three compositions dedicated to Bobbie Kingsley, Ronnie Boykins, and Cecil Taylor & Jimmy Lyons.[2]


The Penguin Guide to Jazz selected this album as part of its suggested Core Collection.[3]

The Allmusic review by Ron Wynn awarded the album 4 stars, stating, "The Chicago trio Air was at a high point on this 1980 date".[4]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Penguin Guide to Jazz 4/4 stars[3]
Allmusic 4/5 stars[4]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 4/5 stars[5]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "B. K." (Steve McCall) – 8:55
  2. "R. B." (Fred Hopkins) – 8:19
  3. "C. T., J. L." (Henry Threadgill) – 18:27
    • Recorded at Right Track Studio, New York City on December 28, 1980



  1. ^ Backstrom, L. & Lopez, R. Henry Threadgill discography accessed February 11, 2010
  2. ^ Discogs album entry accessed February 11, 2010
  3. ^ a b Cook, Richard; Brian Morton (2008) [1992]. "Air". The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings. The Penguin Guide to Jazz (9th ed.). New York: Penguin. p. 13. ISBN 978-0-14-103401-0. 
  4. ^ a b Wynn, R. Allmusic Review accessed February 11, 2010.
  5. ^ Swenson, J. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 6. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.