Complete Remastered Recordings on Black Saint & Soul Note: Solos Duos Trios

The Complete Remastered Recordings on Black Saint & Soul Note: Solos Duos Trios

by Steve Lacy
     
 
In the Complete Remastered Recordings on Black Saint & Soul Note box set series, Steve Lacy's Solos, Duos, Trios volume is a standout. These recordings are not arranged chronologically, but according to the number of personnel involved on their individual dates. The set commences with 1985's Only Monk and is followed by More Monk from 1989.

Overview

In the Complete Remastered Recordings on Black Saint & Soul Note box set series, Steve Lacy's Solos, Duos, Trios volume is a standout. These recordings are not arranged chronologically, but according to the number of personnel involved on their individual dates. The set commences with 1985's Only Monk and is followed by More Monk from 1989. These are both brilliant recitals by the man who was one of the Thelonious Monk's greatest interpreters. The programs are a balance of canonical and lesser-known tunes. The two duo recordings here both feature pianist Mal Waldron, with whom Lacy had a long and fruitful collaborative relationship across many labels and decades. Sempre Amore was recorded in 1986 and showcases the musicians in a program of standards by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn. The second collaboration here is Communique, recorded in 1994. The first half of the album offers a pair of tunes each by Monk and Charles Mingus, and one by Elmo Hope. The rest of the program includes originals by Waldron and Lacy. This album is more abstract than Sempre Amore, but it features stellar improvisations and near-symbiotic communication between the principals. The Flame is the earliest date here, recorded in 1982. It places Lacy in a trio with Bobby Few (pianist in the long-lived Steve Lacy Sextet) and versatile drummer Denis Charles. The Window was cut in 1987 with his sextet, bassist Jean-Jacques Avenel, and drummer Oliver Johnson. Lacy wrote all but one composition on each album. The playing is freer, and far more serpentine and angular, yet Lacy's tone and method as a composer are clearly defined -- his sense of lyricism and space are keen if unconventional, and they make their way into everything found here. The '80s and '90s were very productive, creative periods for Lacy. This box showcases him at a peak in intimate settings that are conducive to hearing his signature talents as an improviser and vanguard interpreter of the jazz tradition.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/10/2012
Label:
Black Saint
UPC:
8052405140098
catalogNumber:
1013
Rank:
7718

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Evidence
  2. Humph
  3. Eronel
  4. Pannonica
  5. Little Rootie-Tootie
  6. Misterioso
  7. Work
  8. Light Blue
  9. Who Knows?

Disc 2

  1. Shuffle Boil
  2. Straight No Chaser
  3. Off Minor
  4. Ruby My Dear
  5. In Walked Bud
  6. Trinkle Tinkle
  7. Comin' On the Hudson
  8. Introspection
  9. Jackie-Ing
  10. Crepuscule With Nellie
  11. Bye-Ya

Disc 3

  1. Johnny Come Lately
  2. Prelude To a Kiss
  3. Stars Crossed Lovers
  4. To the Bitter
  5. Azure
  6. Sempre Amore
  7. A Flower is a Lovesome Thing
  8. Smada

Disc 4

  1. Who Knows?
  2. Peggy's Blue Skylight
  3. Smooch
  4. Blue Monk
  5. Roll On
  6. No More Tears
  7. Esteem
  8. Prayer
  9. Fondest Recollections
  10. Wickets
  11. Communiqué

Disc 5

  1. The Match
  2. Wet Spot
  3. Gusts
  4. Licks
  5. The Flame

Disc 6

  1. The Window
  2. Flakes
  3. A Complicate Scene
  4. Twilight
  5. The Gleam
  6. Retreat

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Steve Lacy   Primary Artist,Soprano Saxophone
Mal Waldron   Piano
Jean-Jacques Avenel   Bass
Bobby Few   Piano
Oliver Johnson   Drums
Dennis Charles   Drums

Technical Credits

Miles Davis   Composer
Elmo Hope   Composer
Steve Lacy   Composer
Charles Mingus   Composer
Mal Waldron   Composer
Irving Mills   Composer
Giancarlo Barigozzi   Engineer
Giovanni Bonandrini   Producer
William S. Burroughs   Cover Painting
Duke Ellington   Composer
Bobby Few   Composer
Nat Hentoff   Liner Notes
Thelonious Monk   Composer
Billy Strayhorn   Composer
Mike Hennessey   Liner Notes
Harry Fox   Composer
Giuliano Crivelli   Cover Art
Max Harrison   Liner Notes
Maria Bonandrini   Cover Art
Irving Gordon   Composer
Jean-Paul Brun   Back Cover Photo
Giulia Degli Alberti   Cover Painting
Jason Weiss   Liner Notes
Victor Brauner   Cover Painting
Leroy Bibbs   Cover Photo
Mary Frazee   Composer

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