As you may have guessed, this is not the French electronic duo Air, but, rather, an American free jazz trio from the 70's & 80's:
- Henry Threadgill (alto, tenor and baritone saxophones, hubkaphone)
- Fred Hopkins (bass)
- Steve McCall (drums, percussion)
I started listening to Air when I found out Henry Threadgill was a member. The first jazz artist that resonated with me was Threadgill. My college radio show used to follow the last jazz programming of the day (I was a rock DJ). Almost invariably, if I liked something and asked Steve (the DJ) what it was, his answer was
The first Threadgill stuff I got was the albums he did with his combo The Henry Threadgill Sextett, and they were mighty fine. I think Montreux Suisse Air was the first Air album I bought, around twenty years ago. Or possibly not. It was recorded at the Montreux Jazz Festival on July 22, 1978. I like it.