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Book Excerpts

Steve Lacy: The Long Distance Runner

Read "Steve Lacy: The Long Distance Runner" reviewed by David Liebman


The following is an excerpt from “Threads: Evocations & Echos" of Steve Lacy (Unfinished) by Guillaume Tarche (Editions Lenka lente, 2021). I can't say that I knew Steve personally that well. We did one duo concert in Italy which was interesting to say the least, a story in itself. But of course, being the king of the soprano saxophone meant I had to be familiar with his music and artistic process. He predates Shorter and Trane on soprano... ...

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Album Review

Steve Lacy Quintet: Last Tour

Read "Last Tour" reviewed by John Eyles


As its title says, this album dates from Steve Lacy's last tour, which ran from the summer of 2003 in NYC through to March 2004 in Boston, (where Lacy was living at the time, as he was teaching at the New England Conservatory of Music). The eight tracks on this album were recorded in Boston's ICA on March 12. Lacy was joined on the tour by musicians he knew well, his wife Irène Aebi on vocals, Jean-Jacques Avenel on bass, ...

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Album Review

Steve Lacy: Cycles (1976 – 1980)

Read "Cycles (1976 – 1980)" reviewed by John Eyles


The autumn 2014 releases from Emanem brought a double dose of good news for admirers of the late, great soprano saxophonist Steve Lacy. Firstly, the label's excellent 2011 reissue of the classic School Days album is available again, now that wrangles over some of its content have been amicably resolved. Secondly, and remarkably, this twenty-track double CD set, Cycles contains fifteen previously unissued tracks of solo Lacy in peak form, recorded between 1976 and 1980--a total of some 111 minutes ...

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Album Review

Steve Lacy: Avignon and After Volume 2

Read "Avignon and After Volume 2" reviewed by John Eyles


In 2012, Emanem released Avignon and After Volume 1 which consisted of re-released and previously unreleased tracks from the late great soprano saxophonist Steve Lacy's first solo concerts, at Avignon in 1972, plus previously unreleased tracks recorded live in Berlin in 1974. It was an excellent and valuable addition to the Lacy discography. Teasingly, its sleeve notes hinted that there was still enough unreleased Lacy material for another volume. Now, to confirm that, here is that second volume as promised. ...

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Album Review

Steve Lacy: Avignon and After - 1

Read "Avignon and After - 1" reviewed by John Eyles


Emanem and Steve Lacy have been entwined since the label was born with the release of the saxophonist's LP Solo (1974). The first eight tracks of this CD hold the contents of that album, recorded at two August, 1972 concerts in Avignon--significantly, Lacy's very first solo concerts. Ever since, the label has championed the music of Lacy with several landmark releases. This CD and its companion, The Sun (2012), are prime examples. Together, this pair of albums replaces the 1995 ...

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Album Review

Steve Lacy Five: Blinks...Zurich Live 1983

Read "Blinks...Zurich Live 1983" reviewed by Glenn Astarita


Blinks...Zurich Live 1983 is one of those ageless albums that accentuates the unparalleled synchronicity of iconic soprano saxophonist Steve Lacy's Five, captured live at a 1983 concert in Zurich, Switzerland. Packed with the leader's linear and concise theme constructions, the band reconfigures and rewinds many of the primary melodies amid moments of energized minimalism and lyrical eloquence. Over the course of time, it is perhaps more apparent these days that Lacy and saxophonist Steve Potts were near perfect foils--indeed, a ...

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Album Review

Steve Lacy Five: Blinks...Zurich Live 1983

Read "Blinks...Zurich Live 1983" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose


Few musicians bestrode the world of the avant-garde like the proverbial Colossus, but Steve Lacy did. He played with the heart of a giant and a soul in which a flame was lit in the '50s, when he began his career playing Dixieland music. By the time he made his presence felt in the avant-garde playing the straight horn, he was in the middle of a forest fire of his own making. So hot was the music he played both ...


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