Steve Lacy: Clinkers
Compare, for example, this rerelease of Clinkers, a 1977 solo soprano live date, with 1998's solo set Sands. The more recent set is much more straightforwardly melodic. As for Clinkers, well, it's more all over the sonic map. While "Trickles" is one of Lacy's patented spidery harmonic explorations, "Duck" is made up almost completely of noise effects. The other three tracks - "Coastline," "Micro Worlds," and "Clinkers" - partake liberally of outside-the-bar-line sounds.
So what's the result? Well, Lacy's music always has a strong coherence and grasp of continuity. One thing follows from another, audibly so. It isn't any different with Clinkers. These tracks may take a little more time to come to grips with than the accessible trio music Lacy's been making lately, but it's well worth the effort: like all of this master's music, these tracks are emotionally rich and noble, full of possibilities noted and realized. Highly recommended.
Steve Lacy, soprano saxophone.
Trickles / Duck / Coastline / Micro Worlds / Clinkers.
Record Label: Hat Hut Records
Style: Modern Jazz