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ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

The Thing, London, October 4, 2011

Read "The Thing, London, October 4, 2011" reviewed by John Sharpe

The Thing
Cafe Oto,
London, UK
October 4, 2011

Back in London for the second time in under a year, The Thing held court in north London to a Cafe Oto rammed with a gratifyingly young crowd. When the Scandinavian trio, comprising the Norwegian rhythm pairing of drummer Paal Nilssen-Love and bassist Ingebrigt Håker ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Steve Lacy: School Days

Read "School Days" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

As the title suggests, School Days is both ironic--because the ingenuity of these musicians might have actually been the best schooled at the time of the recording--and iconic, as well. The reason? Steve Lacy and Roswell Rudd formed one of the great, seminal repertory ensembles of all time, playing the music of Thelonious Monk and Herbie ...

Steve Lacy: School Days

Read "School Days" reviewed by John Eyles

Soprano saxophonist Steve Lacy's School Days has had a long and checkered release history. Recorded live in New York in March 1963, it was first issued on vinyl by Emanem in 1975 and later reissued on QED, an Emanem pseudonym. It first appeared on CD on Hat Art in 1994, and again on Hatology in 2003. ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Steve Lacy - Roswell Rudd Quartet: School Days

Read "School Days" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Recorded in 1963 at the Phase Two Coffee House in New York City, this outing refers to the concept of “schooling oneself,” originating from soprano saxophonist Steve Lacy’s previous stints with Thelonious Monk. Lacy and trombonist Roswell Rudd performed the music of Monk as a unit for approximately four years; they coalesce here with the notable ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

School Days: In Our Times

Read "In Our Times" reviewed by Derek Taylor

While their name may be borrowed, School Days affects a musical persona far from derivative. The Lacy-Rudd project of yore may have been the impetus, but this trans-Atlantic ensemble is every bit its own entity. On their follow-up to last year’s Crossing Division the group, ostensibly helmed (and financed) by KenVandermark, rolls out another supply of ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

School Days: Crossing Division

Read "Crossing Division" reviewed by Derek Taylor

Music is a game of influences and Ken Vandermark is a musician who proudly wears his influences on his sleeve. Instead of refuting or avoiding them he routinely embraces and acknowledges them. It’s a lesson in character and rectitude that many of his detractors could learn from. His reverence for what has come before manifests in ...