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The Beat Suite

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All Music Guide - Matt Collar
Soprano saxophonist Steve Lacy's The Beat Suite is an ambitious attempt to set beat-era poetry by some of the genre's most iconic progenitors to Lacy's idiosyncratic jazz stylings. Featuring the vocals of Lacy's wife and longtime collaborator, Irene Aebi, the group also includes George Lewis adding counterpuntal touches on trombone, bassist Jean Jacques Avenel, and drummer John Betsch. While fans of such beat writers as William S. Burroughs, Robert Creeley, and Jack Kerouac may find this interesting, the real success of The Beat Suite rests largely in the listeners' interest in hearing Aebi. An acquired taste even by avant-garde standards, Aebi often sounds like a cross ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Matt Collar
Soprano saxophonist Steve Lacy's The Beat Suite is an ambitious attempt to set beat-era poetry by some of the genre's most iconic progenitors to Lacy's idiosyncratic jazz stylings. Featuring the vocals of Lacy's wife and longtime collaborator, Irene Aebi, the group also includes George Lewis adding counterpuntal touches on trombone, bassist Jean Jacques Avenel, and drummer John Betsch. While fans of such beat writers as William S. Burroughs, Robert Creeley, and Jack Kerouac may find this interesting, the real success of The Beat Suite rests largely in the listeners' interest in hearing Aebi. An acquired taste even by avant-garde standards, Aebi often sounds like a cross between Jessye Norman and Nico. Compositionally, the songs follow Lacy's serpentine, atonal logic often sounding something like Gerry Mulligan's pianoless quartet in bizzaro world. Thankfully, the poems are included in the liner notes, as it is sometimes hard to focus on them with all the jazz going on. Not for everyone, but longtime Lacy fans should dig it.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/13/2003
  • Label: Sunny Side
  • UPC: 016728301220
  • Catalog Number: 3012
  • Sales rank: 145,548

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Wave Lover (4:06)
  2. 2 Song (6:27)
  3. 3 Naked Lunch (4:20)
  4. 4 Private Sadness (8:40)
  5. 5 A Ring of Bone (4:51)
  6. 6 The Mad Yak (4:45)
  7. 7 Jack's Blues (3:38)
  8. 8 Agenda (3:59)
  9. 9 In the Pocket (4:24)
  10. 10 Mother Goose (5:13)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Steve Lacy Primary Artist, Soprano Saxophone
George Lewis Trombone
John Betsch Drums
Irene Aebi Vocals
Jean-Jacques Avenel Double Bass
Technical Credits
Allen Ginsberg Poetry
Jack Kerouac Poetry
Steve Lacy Producer, Liner Notes
Kenneth Rexroth Poetry
William S. Burroughs Poetry
Robert Creeley Poetry
Daniel Richard Executive Producer
Anne Waldman Poetry
Laurent Peyron Engineer
Didier Marc Mastering
Mephisto Session Photographer
Lew Welch Poetry
Bob Kaufman Poetry
Gregory Corso Poetry
Vincent Lainé Liner Notes
Andrew Schelling Poetry
Jack Spicer Poetry
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