Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Steve lacy - The Legendary Pioneer Of Modern Soprano Sax

This 2 CD set charts the exciting early years of Steve Lacy, playing progressive Dixieland and swinging mainstream jazz on a soprano saxophone with extraordinary freshness, vigor and personal style, when he exploded onto the mid-50's jazz scene. To hear Steve play the multi-toned modern figures and extended line on an instrument usually associated with Sydney Bechet is always a stimulating experience. Of his extraordinary approach to the instrument, Lacy said : "As Charlie Parker increased the technical and expressive possibilities of the alto, Milt Jackson, the vibraphone, Kenny Clarke, the drums and Jimmy Blanton, the bass, one of my personal aims is to do the same for the soprano." On hearing these sessions, we think you'll agree that he managed to do just that. "During the preparation of this production Steve Lacy sadly passed away in Boston on Friday, June 4, 2004. He maintained a vigorous teaching and performing schedule right up until his last month. He continued to produce works of startling originality, and was considered one of jazz's most prolific recording artists. Fifty years after he made his first recordings, it is obvious now that Steve Lacy took that challenging instrument and made it his own. He'll be missed."

Source : http://www.freshsoundrecords.com/record.php?record_id=3588

Steve Lacy
The Legendary Pioneer
Of Modern Soprano Sax
Early Years 1954-1956
(2 Cd Set)


Cd. 1

1 Avalon (Jolson, Rose)  2:46
2 Softly, As In a Morning Sunrise (Romber, Hammerstein II)  2:51
3 I'm Coming Virginia (Heywood, Cook)  3:12
4 I Would Do Anything for You (Hopkins)  2:20
5 Liza (Rubens, Condon)  2:04
6 How About You (Freed, Lane)  3:05
7 You’re Lucky to Me (Black, Razaf)  2:32
8 Peg O’ My Heart (Bryan, Fisher)  2:24
9 As Long As I Live (Arlen, Koehler)  3:38
10 My Old Flame (Coslox, Johnston)  2:41
11 A Foggy Day (Gershwin, Gershwin)  2:50
12 Let’s Get Away from It All (Dennis, Adair)  3:24
13 Ibid (Sutton)  2:36
14 Love Me or Leave Me (Donaldson, Kahn)  2:30
15 Footnote (Sutton) 3:04
16 Sunday (Coots, Grey)  2:50


Cd. 2

1 Gee, Baby, Ain’t I Good To You (Redman, Razaf)  3:29
2 My Heart Is a Hobo (Burke, VanHeusen)  3:03
3 Out of Nowhere (Heyman, Green)  2:35
4 Rosetta (Hines, Woode)  3:16
5 Fidgety Feet (LaRocca, Shields)  3:16
6 Potatoes (Garcia)  3:09
7 Let’s Get Lost (McHugh, Loesser)  2:03
8 These Are the Things I Love (Barlow, Harris)  3:42
9 Spain (Jones, Kahn)  2:36
10 Some of These Days (Brooks)  2:58
11 Young Lesley (Mitchell)  3:36
12 It Could Happen To You (Burke, VanHeusen)  3:09
13 Lover Man (Davis, Ramirez)  3:04
14 I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart (Ellington, Nemo, Mills)  2:53
15 You Stepped Out of a Dream (Brown, Kahn)  3:06
16 Once In a While (Mitchell)  3:29
17 Strike Up the Band (Burke, VanHeusen)  1:57
18 Over the Rainbow (Ramirez)  2:54
19 Perdido (Ellington, Nemo, Mills)  3:08
20 Why Don¹t You Take Up the Piccolo ? (Brown, Kahn)  2:59
21 Give Me the Simple Life (Bloom)  3:34
22 Indian Blanket (Puma)  3:51


Cd. 1
[# 1-8]
Steve Lacy - ss & cl [# 5, 8, 9, 12 & 14]
Dick Sutton - tp
Rai Anderson - tb
Don Sitterlex - b s
Mark Trail - b
Bill DeHay - dr
Recorded in New York City ; August 8, 1954
[# 9-16]
John Welch replaces Anderson - tb
Frank Caputo replaces Sitterlex - b s.
Recorded in New York ; November 24, 1954
Cd. 2
[# 1-6]
Steve Lacy - ss
Tom Stewart - th
Dave McKenna - p
Whitey Mitchell - b
Al Levitt - dr
Recorded in New York City ; February 1956
[# 7-10]
Steve Lacy - ss
Tom Stewart - th
Herbie Mann - fl & ts
Joe Puma - g
Whitey Mitchell - b
Bill Bradley or Al Levitt [# 7] - dr
Recorded in New York City ; February 1956.
Steve Lacy - ss
Don Stratton - tp
Tom Stewart - th
Joe Puma - g
Whitey Mitchell - b
Gus Johnson - dr
Neal Hefti - arranger.
Recorded in New York City, April 13, 1956.
[# 16-20]
Same but Osie Johnson - dr, replaces Gus Johnson.
Recorded in New York City ; April 23, 1956.
[# 21-22]
Steve Lacy - ss
Tom Stewart - th
Herbie Mann - fl & ts
Joe Puma - g
Whitey Mitchell - b
Herb Wasserman - dr
Recorded in New York City ; June 13, 1956.

"There have been some last-minute changes in this production in order to reflect the unexpected death of Steve Lacy, shortly before the completion of the text and cover art. With this in mind, we offer these CDs as a timely homage to one of modern jazz's true pioneers."
Note of the producer Jordi Pujol


the jazzman said...

Thanks for this. I can't recall hearing "early" Steve Lacy so this will be a treat.

Melanchthon said...

Thanks to You, jazzman, for your wonderful blog.

Wallofsound said...

Biogs always speak of Lacy's early dixieland sax, so I'm intrigued to hear some. Thanks for sharing.

yewsta said...

Thank you, melanchthon.

Dr. Puck said...

Thanks for this, especially CD1 which doesn't duplicate the Whitey Mitchell material available elsewhere.

Radenko said...

As always - an amazing post. Thank you.

archer said...

only familiar with his much more recent stuff. it's going to be fun hearing his roots. much gratitude.

Hank Garland said...

The tracks that say Dick Garcia are actually a name that Hank Garland used . He used that name because of a contract he was under and used the name(Union Card) to play clubs on NY, Long Island, etc.
The Hank Garland Family
I have some pictures of these giggs with the musicians listed and the others mentioned on these tracks.

ubu said...

Thanks a lot, Melanchthon!

@Hank Garland('s Family):

What about this Dick Garcia here?
a phantom? Please explain your comment!

Melanchthon said...



hulaboy said...

Thank you! It's nice to hear the music on CD 1 again, especially. I knew Dick Sutton, né Schwartz (a talented visual artist, too, whose woodcuts are beautiful). Through him I gained a greater appreciation for Bix.

Peter said...

Wow! This fills a gap!

Thanks M!

chakou said...

Thank you very much from Cairo,but which is the password?

jserraglio said...

links for 1 + 2 are identical

Melanchthon said...


Cd. 1
Cd. 2

Anonymous said...

thanks, mel. dick sutton (ne schwartz) was a friend of mine.

neil said...

Missed this first time around mel; so MANY THANKS for the re-up...

adakun said...

Muchas Gracias Mel.

deGallo said...

Thank you.

sandor essedy said...

great thanks, never see this Lacy.

Pedro del Castillo Alonso said...

Lace music with Lacy.
Thank you Mel

daniel genovese said...

Thank you.

Historicus said...

This is a great gift, saw him once playing, just incredible!

Anonymous said...

Mr. Lacy, once heard, never forgotten, he blew me decades ago, when i was a kid, trying to comprehend jazz.

AmyBRAINS said...

It's really an axcellent post, as always Melanchthon.
Many thanks.

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

jazzcat1228 said...

Thank you, Mel!

sandor essedy said...

great thanks for this one.

Kovina Kris said...

Thank you Mel!