Steve Lacy Three: N.Y. Capers & Quirks
That's not to say that this is a completely different Lacy. From the first moments of "Quirks" his uniquely and deeply harmonic approach is abundantly in evidence. This is a man who plays the changes, plumbs the changes, captures and dissects the changes, wears the changes, eats the changes for lunch. And he does so here, on every one of these five tracks, even as his sax moos lustily and Charles and Boykins churn behind him.
The extended "Bud's Brother" is, at least in part, a fractured march that shows off Charles' astonishing ability to stay with and support a soloist. Like "Capers," which follows it, it makes dramatic use of repetitive motifs, and is full of Lacy's dry and stick-to-your-ribs melodicism. "We Don't" is a playful duel between Lacy and Charles that spins into unexpected regions.
Boykins gets his moment with his eerie and highly affecting bowing on "Kitty Malone," which recalls some motifs from Lacy's extended piece "Remains." But all three play excellently throughout. We owe a debt of gratitude to Hat Hut Records for giving us this monument of a great and sparsely-recorded trio.
Steve Lacy, ss; Ronnie Boykins, b; Dennis Charles, d.
Quirks / Bud's Brother / Capers / We Don't / Kitty Malone.
Record Label: Hat Hut Records
Style: Modern Jazz