This Brings Us to Volume 1

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This Brings Us to Volume 1
Studio album by
RecordedNovember 2008
LabelPi Recordings
ProducerHenry Threadgill
Henry Threadgill chronology
Pop Start the Tape, Stop
This Brings Us to Volume 1
This Brings Us to Volume 2

This Brings Us to Volume 1 is an album by Henry Threadgill featuring six of Threadgill's compositions performed by Threadgill's Zooid.[1] The album, Threadgill's first in eight years besides the limited edition Pop Start the Tape, Stop (2005), was released on the Pi Recordings label in 2009.[2]


Professional ratings
Review scores

The album was selected as one of the best jazz recordings of the year by The New York Times,[4] The Wall Street Journal[5] and PopMatters.[6]

The AllMusic review by Michael G. Nastos stated: "A most unique combination of musicians that collectively sounds like no other modern jazz ensemble, Threadgill's Zooid must be heard to be appreciated, especially live, as the studio does not do the band justice."[3] The All About Jazz review by Troy Collins stated, "Threadgill unfurls fluid variations from his vocally expressive flute on the first half of the album, tortuous bluesy cadences from his acerbic alto on the second".[7]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Henry Threadgill

  1. "White Wednesday Off the Wall" - 4:57
  2. "To Undertake My Corners Open" - 8:40
  3. "Chairmaster" - 7:42
  4. "After Some Time" - 8:40
  5. "Sap" - 4:57
  6. "Mirror Mirror the Verb" - 3:20

Recorded at Brooklyn Recording, Brooklyn, New York, in November 2008



  1. ^ Backstrom, L. & Lopez, R. Henry Threadgill discography accessed February 12, 2010
  2. ^ Pi Recordings catalogue accessed February 12, 2010
  3. ^ a b Nastos, M. G. AllMusic review accessed February 12, 2010.
  4. ^ Nate Chinen, Best Albums of 2009: Free Jazz, Futurism, Funk and Ferocity , The New York Times
  5. ^ Larry Blumenfeld, Toasting 2009's Best CDs, The Wall Street Journal
  6. ^ Will Layman and Andrew Zender, The Best Jazz of 2009, PopMatters.
  7. ^ Collins, T. This Brings Us To Volume 1 review, All About Jazz, October 20, 2009.