Steve Lacy +6: The Cry
Lacy discovered Nasrin's poetry by accident in the New Yorker, then met Nasrin in person in Berlin in 1996. The product of their artistic collaboration is yet another Lacy song cycle, which he would prefer to term "a jam opera." On The Cry, Nasrin's texts are brought to life by the powerful vocalist Irene Aebi, along with accompaniment by Lacy and six other musicians, ranging from baroque harpsichordist Petia Kaufma to world-beat accordionist Cathrin Pfeifer, to Indian-trained reedist Tina Wrase.
The Cry brings together many different cultures from all over the planet, but Lacy's enlightened leadership somehow makes it work. Lacy's compositions favor ensemble lyricism, allowing the development of parallel improvised lines. The Cry achieves a delicate balance: it's open enough to hold the listener's interest, but focused enough to be musically and lyrically compelling.
Track Listing: Cannonade; Character; Straight Path; Granary; Divorce Letter; Divided; Agression; Desir D'Amour; Body Theory; Dark and Handsome; Acquiantance; The Cry; Rundown (Ambapali speaks).
Personnel: Steve Lacy: soprano saxophone; Irene Aebi: voice; Tina Wrase: soprano and sopranino saxophones, bass clarinet; Petia Kaufman: harpsichord; Cathrin Pfeifer: accordion; Jean-Jacques Avenel: bass; Daniel "Topo" Giola: percussion.
Record Label: Soul Note
Style: Modern Jazz