Air (4) ‎– Air Lore

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
AN 3014 Air (4) Air Lore(LP, Album) Arista Novus AN 3014 US 1979 Sell This Version
6578-2-RB Air (4) Air Lore(CD, Album, RE) Bluebird (3) 6578-2-RB US 1987 Sell This Version
ND 86578 Air (4) Air Lore(CD, Album, RE, RM) Bluebird (3), BMG Music ND 86578 Europe 1987 Sell This Version
ND 86578 Air (4) Air Lore(CD, Album, RE, RM) RCA ND 86578 Austria 1987 Sell This Version

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rhythm120

December 30, 2018
referencing Air Lore, LP, Album, AN 3014
In the late 70's there was a a brief fad for ragtime in films and shows tunes like The Entertainer became popular again, Air were not a revival band but this album features interpretations of several Scott Joplin pieces and remains a classic of jazz repertory. Ragtime was a piano style, mainly through composed with no improvisation, a pianoless trio Air modernise rags by making them swing, opening up sections of the compositions for solos. The three are great, creative musicians, able to play in an older idiom, in a individual way. "King Porter Stomp" is a Jelly Roll Morton tune with exciting riffs and hard driving bass by Fred Hopkins, Steve McCall gets a drum solo on "Weeping Willow Rag", Threadgill on the ballad "Buddy Boldens Blues", one of the best things he has done on Tenor Sax. A poignant solo and my favorite track on this fine record.