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Album Review

This was the first of three recordings soprano saxophonist Steve Lacy made for Prestige and this 11/1/57 session was his first as a leader...There was a controlled tension to this date, like everybody's trying to play, carefully, to a common goal. It's almost as if someone were present to make sure everybody stayed within obvious perimeters. ~ Bob Rusch, Cadence, Rovi

Customer Reviews

An underappreciated classic

What makes this session so unique is the fact that it is one of the few recordings of Lacy that feature him in a somewhat post-bop style, (largly because of the presence of Wynton Kelly on piano). The carefullness of the date was most likely because of it being his first ever recording session as a leader. His next record, with Elvin Jones on drums, begins to open up with the kind of modern expansiveness of his next several excellent records. Personally, I enjoy the caculated-but-unpredictable pensiveness of Lacys' playing on this record. To a certain extent, that's how he always played, it's one of the crucial elements that made him so unique, in juxtaposition with a player like Coltrane for instance, who was also very calculated but in a much polarized way to Lacy. (Trane sounds a bit tentative himself on his first records as a leader). For a fan of the post-bop idiom, this record is an excellent example, and also a rare glimpse into the roots of an artist who was practically as impossible to ape as Thelonius Monk himself.


Born: July 23, 1934 in New York, NY

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

One of the great soprano saxophonists of all time (ranking up there with Sidney Bechet and John Coltrane), Steve Lacy's career was fascinating to watch develop. He originally doubled on clarinet and soprano (dropping the former by the mid-'50s), inspired by Bechet, and played Dixieland in New York with Rex Stewart, Cecil Scott, Red Allen, and other older musicians during 1952-1955. He debuted on record in a modernized Dixieland format with Dick Sutton in 1954. However, Lacy soon jumped over several...
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