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The Whammies: Play The Music of Steve Lacy Vol. 3, Live

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The third volume of Steve Lacy dedications by the cover/not cover band The Whammies is a live recording from their 2014 tour. Recorded in Italy and Austria, the band performs their self-described “instant-arranging" of mostly Lacy tunes that in true-to-form fashion elicit surprise and clever improvisation.Saxophonist Steve Lacy, who passed away in 2004, would certainly be pleased.This international band led by Dutch saxophonist Jorrit Dijkstra and Greek-born Boston-based pianist Pandelis Karayorgis keep the flame of his ...

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The Whammies: Play The Music Of Steve Lacy

Read "The Whammies: Play The Music Of Steve Lacy" reviewed by John Ephland

It's a Lacy sandwich. Sort of. Between the opening and closing slices of “Bone" and Monk's “Locomotive," we get to hear some real free-range chicken, so to speak, said tunes played relatively straight, with clearly recognizable heads and a unity swing. (Throw them into the lunch bucket, too.) And, except for the lurching closer “Locomotive," the remaining seven Steve Lacy cuts have dedications, the bouncy “Bone" going to Lester Young. Selected cuts are part of something larger, based on poems ...

ALBUM REVIEW

The Whammies: Play the Music of Steve Lacy

Read "Play the Music of Steve Lacy" reviewed by Troy Collins

The rich legacy left by Steve Lacy has been the source of numerous tributes since his untimely passing in 2004. Among the most devoted interpreters are Ideal Bread--a New York-based quartet led by baritone saxophonist Josh Sinton, who worked with the iconic soprano saxophonist, and The Rent--a Canadian ensemble founded by trombonist Scott Thompson, who took lessons with Lacy's old foil, trombonist Roswell Rudd. Add to this shortlist of personally connected Lacy repertory bands, The Whammies (named after an old ...


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