If you aren’t familiar with Ethan or Do The Math, you should really check out the blog. Ethan is a fabulous pianist and he is best known as being one third of The Bad Plus, one of my favorite jazz bands – and they are a real band with a band sound and identity. Ethan uses his blog as a platform to delve into some pretty heady musical ideas and analyses (and the occasional post about what books he’s into or links that he’s discovered). He also has conducted and posted transcriptions of some fantastic musician interviews. I think the coolest thing about these interviews is that Ethan, being an established and very competent musician himself, knows the right questions to ask. These interviews are some of the best musician interviews out there, regardless of genre. Check out the site and do some searching. There is a lot to be learned.
Anyway, recently Ethan posted a three part interview with Henry Threadgill that he did for the BBC’s “Jazz on 3” program. There’s audio in the links too. Then Ethan posted a follow up with his analysis of some seminal Threadgill records. There are some really interesting ideas presented by Threadgill here and I have to think that one of the reasons why we get to hear these ideas is because Ethan was the one asking the questions. Interesting reading. It definitely helped convince me that I need to really explore the music of Henry Threadgill.