Steve Lacy – The Straight Horn Of Steve Lacy (Remastered) (1961/2023) [FLAC 24bit/192kHz]

Steve Lacy - The Straight Horn Of Steve Lacy (Remastered) (1961/2023) [FLAC 24bit/192kHz] Download

Steve Lacy – The Straight Horn Of Steve Lacy (Remastered) (1961/2023)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 36:59 minutes | 1,55 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Candid

The “straight horn” referred to in the title of this superb album from 1961 is the soprano saxophone, and Lacy is recognized as one of the greatest to ever play the instrument, ranking alongside John Coltrane and Sidney Bechet. Because of the difficulty involved in mastering it’s pitch challenges, very few jazzmen concentrated on it. Lacy is widely considered the first “modern” musician to specialize on the instrument. Lacy had long and prolific career and a fascinating style trajectory. At sixteen he began playing Dixieland with the likes of Pee Wee Russell. In the mid 1950’s he played free jazz with Cecil Taylor, and appeared with his groundbreaking quartet at the 1957 New Port Jazz Festival. He made a notable appearance on the 1959 Gil Evens, Great Jazz Standards album. Along the way, Lacy became obsessed with the music of Thelonious Monk, working with him several times including the 1963 Big Band and Quartet in Concert album, and devoted much of this life’s work to the interpretation of Monk’s materiel.Some of soprano saxophonist Steve Lacy’s most interesting recordings are his earliest ones. After spending periods of time playing with Dixieland groups and then with Cecil Taylor (which was quite a jump), Lacy made several recordings that displayed his love of Thelonious Monk’s music plus his varied experiences. On this particular set, Lacy’s soprano contrasts well with Charles Davis’ baritone (they are backed by bassist John Ore and drummer Roy Haynes) on three of the most difficult Monk tunes (“Introspection,” “Played Twice,” and “Criss Cross”) plus two Cecil Taylor compositions and Charlie Parker’s “Donna Lee.”


1-1. Steve Lacy – Louise (Remastered) (05:24)
1-2. Steve Lacy – Introspection (Remastered) (05:31)
1-3. Steve Lacy – Donna Lee (Remastered) (07:50)
1-4. Steve Lacy – Played Twice (Remastered) (05:53)
1-5. Steve Lacy – Air (Remastered) (06:37)
1-6. Steve Lacy – Criss Cross (Remastered) (05:42)

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