Live Air

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Live Air
Live Air.jpg
Live album by Air
Released 1980
Recorded July 1, 1976 & October 28, 1977
Genre Jazz
Length 39:53
Label Black Saint
Producer Giovanni Bonandrini
Air chronology
Air Raid
(1976)Air Raid1976
Live Air
Air Time
(1977)Air Time1977

Live Air is a live album by the improvisational collective Air featuring Henry Threadgill, Steve McCall, and Fred Hopkins recorded at Studio Rivbea, in New York and the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, first released by Black Saint Records in 1980.[1]


The Penguin Guide to Jazz selected this album as part of its suggested Core Collection.[2]

The Allmusic review by Brian Olewnick awarded the album 4 stars, stating, "Live Air is a must for any fan of this wonderful trio".[3]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Penguin Guide to Jazz 4/4 stars[2]
Allmusic 4/5 stars[3]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 4/5 stars[4]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Henry Threadgill
  1. "Eulogy for Charles Clarke" - 10:37
  2. "Portrait of Leo Smith" - 8:06
  3. "Keep Right on Playing Thru the Mirror over the Water" - 15:30
  4. "Be Ever Out" - 5:40
  • Recorded at Studio Rivbea, New York on July 1, 1976 (tracks 1 & 2) and University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan on October 28, 1977 (tracks 3 & 4)



  1. ^ Backstrom, L. & Lopez, R. Henry Threadgill discography accessed February 10, 2010
  2. ^ 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. 
  3. ^ a b Olewnick, B. Allmusic Review accessed February 10, 2010.
  4. ^ Swenson, J. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 6. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.