Open Air Suit

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Open Air Suit
Open Air Suit.jpg
Studio album by Air
Released 1978
Recorded February 21 & 22, 1978
Genre Jazz
Length 39:32
Label Arista Novus
Producer Michael Cuscuna
Air chronology
Air Time
(1977)Air Time1977
Open Air Suit
Montreux Suisse
(1979)Montreux Suisse1979

Open Air Suit is an album by the improvisational collective Air featuring Henry Threadgill, Steve McCall, and Fred Hopkins recorded in New York in 1978 featuring four of Threadgill's compositions.[1] It has never been reissued on Compact Disc by itself, but it was included in the 8CD Complete Novus and Columbia Recordings of Henry Threadgill and Air set on Mosaic Records.


The Allmusic review by Scott Yanow awarded the album 2½ stars, stating, "The music played by this talented trio is complex yet ultimately logical. The talented musicians seem to communicate instantly with each other and they consistently develop their music in the same direction on this stimulating set".[2]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[2]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Henry Threadgill
  1. "Card Two: The Jick or Mandrill's Cosmic Ass" - 7:25
  2. "Card Five: Open Air Suit" - 10:22
  3. "Card Four: Strait White Royal Flush...78" - 6:15
  4. "Card One: Cutten {2 Knuckles + 2 Widows + 2 Tricks}/3 X1" - 15:30
  • Recorded at C.I. Recording Studios, New York City on February 21 & 22, 1978



  1. ^ Backstrom, L. & Lopez, R. Henry Threadgill discography accessed February 11, 2010
  2. ^ a b Yanow, S. Allmusic Review accessed February 11, 2010.