Published since 1999
Mark misses his large dog Louie, but endeavors daily to find and listen to new and interesting sounds.
This recording is, amazingly, the bands first studio date! Joined by long-time Lacy associates bassist Jean-Jacques Avenel and drummer John Betsch, the reunion of Rudd and Lacy is a document of that past and, more important, a blueprint for the future of jazz. The band covers only two Monk tunes, but Lacy’s approach to composing has encompassed the spirit and style of the high priest of bebop. Ellington’s “Koko” is mined for its brilliance today, just as it once was by Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie. Rudd is the perfect foil for Lacy emitting a growl or blat-a-tat behind the lyrical lines of the soprano. In contrast to today’s solo improvisers, a pair or quartet’s improvisation creates a joyful euphoric experience. I was even able to swallow the two tracks that featured Irene Aebi’s semi-classical singing of Zen poems. For me Monk’s music is the standard on which to judge all comers.
Track List:Monk’s Dream; The Bath; The Rent; Pannonica; A Bright Pearl; Traces; Koko; Grey Blue; The Door.
Personnel: Steve Lacy
Record Label: Verve Music Group
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