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by Tom Greenland
Steve Lacy may no longer be here, but he's hear" these days, a musical spirit living on in many facets and forms. Clarinetist Ben Goldberg's quintet has recorded a loving tribute to Lacy in The Door, The Hat, The Chair, The Fact, a collection of poignant vignettes, interpretations and revitalizations.
Goldberg, known for his progressive take on klezmer and for various projects that mix Northern Californian flavoring with a downtown NYC avant-jazz sensibility, gathered vocalist/violinist Carla Kihlstedt (from the Tin ...read more
by Jerry D'Souza
Ben Goldberg returns after a seven-year absence from recording with one for Steve Lacy. Goldberg wrote the music in 2004 when he came to know that the soprano saxophonist had cancer. The album was recorded three days after Lacy died.
Lacy's Blinks is in a state of constant flux. Goldberg's clarinet breaks up the lines, but the piece becomes volatile and churns relentlessly when violinist Carla Kihlstedt bows in. With bassist Devin Hoff and drummer Ches Smith roiling beneath, this ...read more