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Live at Montreal International Jazz Festival

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Live at Montreal International Jazz Festival
Live album by
RecordedJuly 1983
LabelBlack Saint
ProducerGiovanni Bonandrini
New Air chronology
80° Below '82
Live at Montreal International Jazz Festival
Air Show No. 1

Live at Montreal International Jazz Festival is a live album recorded for the Italian Black Saint label by the improvisational collective New Air featuring Henry Threadgill, Fred Hopkins and Pheeroan akLaff performing at the Montreal International Jazz Festival in 1983.[1] The album was the first release to feature akLaff who replaced original Air drummer Steve McCall.[2]


The Allmusic review by Ron Wynn awarded the album 2½ stars, stating, "Hopkins didn't mesh as smoothly with akLaff on this date, although they found a comfortable meeting place by mid-album. Henry Threadgill, as always, was a compelling soloist, especially on alto sax".[3]

Professional ratings
Review scores
The Penguin Guide to Jazz[4]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Henry Threadgill
  1. "Sir Simpleton" - 11:02
  2. "Difda Dance" - 12:53
  3. "Roll On" - 4:56
  4. "Tragedy On a Thursday Afternoon" - 8:32
  5. "No. 1" - 9:09
  • Recorded live July, 1983, at Montreal International Jazz Festival



  1. ^ Backstrom, L. & Lopez, R. Henry Threadgill discography accessed February 12, 2010
  2. ^ Yanow, S. Pheeroan akLaff Biography accessed February 12, 2010
  3. ^ a b Wynn, R. Allmusic Review accessed February 11, 2010.
  4. ^ Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (1992). The Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD, LP and Cassette. Penguin Books. p. 14.