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Steve Lacy

Steve Lacy, one of the greatest soprano saxophonists of all time and a New England Conservatory faculty member since fall 2002, died Friday [June 4th, 2004] at New England Baptist Hospital. The jazz master who once defined his profession as “combination orator, singer, dancer, diplomat, poet, dialectician, mathematician, athlete, entertainer, educator, student, comedian, artist, seducer and general all around good fellow” was 69. He leaves his wife and collaborator, the Swiss singer Irene Aebi. Born Steven Norman Lackritz in New York City, Lacy was the first avant garde jazz musician to make a specialty of the soprano saxophone--an instrument that had become almost completely neglected during the Bop era

ARTICLE: RADIO

It Takes Two to Jazz: Part I

Read "It Takes Two to Jazz: Part I" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

This week we focus on the art of the duo. A challenging format as one does neither have the complete freedom of a solo nor the support of a larger band. Yet, in the hands of the right artists, it can produce magical music. Happy listening! Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme ...

ARTICLE: GENERAL ARTICLES

Bill Dixon e Cecil Taylor: iniziò a Verona

Read "Bill Dixon e Cecil Taylor: iniziò a Verona" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

La pubblicazione di quest'inedita incisione in studio documenta un momento storico: il magistrale e fugace confronto artistico tra Bill Dixon e Cecil Taylor dell'estate 1992. I due protagonisti del free dettero il 25 giugno di quell'anno un concerto a Verona Jazz, nei giorni seguenti s'esibirono a Vienne (Francia) e subito dopo entrarono in studio ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

A Herbie Nichols' Centennial - Part II

Read "A Herbie Nichols' Centennial - Part II" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

The second part of this week's tribute to Herbie Nichols focuses on the work of champions of his music like Roswell Rudd, Misha Mengelberg, Steve Lacy and, again, the Herbie Nichols Project with some never-heard-before live recordings from the vaults of the Jazz Composers Collective. For the first part of this Herbie Nichols special ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Biagio Coppa: Slam Dunk Project

Read "Slam Dunk Project" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Playing the guessing game while listening to Slam Dunk Project by Biagio Coppa's trio will lead you to America and the New World. Which, of course, is the Old World when we are talking about jazz. Zooming in a bit closer, and we hit the East Coast before stopping in the Midwest. Coppa's compositions and the ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Enrico Rava: ottanta anni suonati

Read "Enrico Rava: ottanta anni suonati" reviewed by Daniele Vogrig

Viaggi, concerti, aneddoti. Soprattutto, tanta musica. In occasione dell'unica tappa romana del suo 80th Anniversary World Tour presso l'Aula Magna della Sapienza abbiamo incontrato Enrico Rava, che ha ripercorso per i nostri lettori i momenti salienti della sua lunga carriera. All About Jazz: Partiamo dal tour celebrativo dei tuoi ottanta anni. Accanto a te ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Alice Ricciardi, Pietro Lussu: Catch a Falling Star

Read "Catch a Falling Star" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Le fonti d'ispirazione sono chiare (in primis il magistrale The Newest Sound Around di Jeanne Lee e Ran Blake) ma le scelte espressive e le doti personali di Alice Ricciardi e Pietro Lussu rendono il disco originale e avvincente. La cantante milanese è stata allieva di Blake al New England Conservatory ed ha ...

NEWS: BIRTHDAY

Jazz Musician of the Day: Danilo Pérez

Jazz Musician of the Day: Danilo Pérez

All About Jazz is celebrating Danilo Pérez's birthday today! Grammy award winner Danilo Pérez is among the most influential and dynamic musicians of our time. In just over a decade, his distinctive blend of Pan-American jazz (covering the music of the Americas, folkloric and world music) has attracted critical acclaim and loyal audiences. Danilo’s abundant talents ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Bruce Ackley / Fred Frith / Henry Kaiser / Aram Shelton: Unexpected Twins

Read "Unexpected Twins" reviewed by John Sharpe

Sometimes looking back can be a cause of regret, but it can sometimes inspire. Happily the latter is the case with Unexpected Twins by the doubled instrumentation of guitarists Henry Kaiser and Fred Frith and saxophonists Bruce Ackley and Aram Shelton. The original Twins emerged from the early free improvisation scene in North America in 1977, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Various Artists: New Improvised Music from Buenos Aires

Read "New Improvised Music from Buenos Aires" reviewed by Mark Corroto

The answer to the musical question: where does improvised music thrive? Everywhere. Have you heard Lebanese trumpeter Mazen Kerbaj's recordings on Al Maslakh Records or free jazz from the Istanbul based unit Konstrukt? All that is required for improvised music to thrive are seeds planted by visiting musicians, or access to a radio. Actually, it is ...


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