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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

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Jazz Musician of the Day: Steve Lacy

Jazz Musician of the Day: Steve Lacy

All About Jazz is celebrating Steve Lacy's birthday today! 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, ...

Article: Album Review

Alberto Braida, Giancarlo Nino Locatelli: From Here from There

Read "From Here from There" reviewed by Neri Pollastri


L'eccellente etichetta We Insist presenta questo lavoro in duo tra il pianoforte di Alberto Braida e il clarinetto di Giancarlo Nino Locatelli, che si dividono la titolarità dei brani e li interpretano con encomiabile affiatamento e grande attenzione agli aspetti espressivi. Entro la cifra cameristica complessiva del lavoro, una differenza che lo attraversa riguarda ...

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Article: Album Review

Jacob Garchik: Assembly

Read "Assembly" reviewed by Mark Corroto


As a consequence of the global pandemic, we have been schooled in the science of virology. Under certain conditions viruses mutate and reorganize into something completely new. That is bad. Mutations can also be heard in the adventurous music of Jacob Garchik. That is good. His trombone leads his Atheist Gospel Trombone Album, his big band, ...

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Article: Album Review

Itaru Oki Quartet: Live At Jazz Spot Combo 1975

Read "Live At Jazz Spot Combo 1975" reviewed by John Sharpe


Live At Jazz Spot Combo 1975 constitutes the second entry from trumpeter Itaru Oki, who died in 2020, in the fascinating series of Japanese free jazz recordings licensed from the Chap Chap label by the Lithuanian NoBusiness imprint. It follows Kami Fusen (2017) which presented another live date from 21 years later. One of the pioneers ...

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: Live Review

Ada Montellanico WeTuba e Monumental Duo

Read "Ada Montellanico WeTuba e Monumental Duo" reviewed by Neri Pollastri


Ada Montellanico WeTuba e Monumental Duo Firenze A Jazz Supreme Sala Vanni 29.10 e 12.11.21 Nelle diverse date della stagione autunnale 2021 di A Jazz Supreme, la rassegna che il Musicus Concentus organizza da anni presso la Sala Vanni di Firenze, figuravano tra gli altri i concerti di WeTuba, l'ultima ...

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Article: Album Review

Josh Sinton: b.

Read "b." reviewed by Troy Dostert


Baritone saxophonist and bass clarinetist Josh Sinton has a long resume going back to the 1990s, when he worked extensively in the Chicago scene with veterans including Fred Anderson and Ken Vandermark. Then a move to the East Coast, in the early 2000s, brought him into contact with mentors such as Ran Blake and Steve Lacy; ...

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Article: Catching Up With

Susan Alcorn: Another Way

Read "Susan Alcorn: Another Way" reviewed by Dom Minasi


If you are not into improvised music, you may not know Susan Alcorn. Take it from someone who has listened and played with her, she is a giant I never heard of Susan till one Sunday night at the legendary CBGB's Sunday Night Avant-Garde series where she performed with tenor saxophonist, Joe Giardullo. I ...

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Article: Album Review

Don Cherry: Complete Communion & Symphony For Improvisers Revisited

Read "Complete Communion & Symphony For Improvisers Revisited" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Before his departure, Don Cherry was a kind of Johnny Appleseed for what would eventually be called the “New Thing" in jazz. He can be heard in the midst of the innovative work of Ornette Coleman, Sonny Rollins, Albert Ayler, Steve Lacy, Archie Shepp, and John Tchicai. Cherry's fertilizations changed the sound of creative music then ...


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