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Lacy, Steve – Seven – “Cliches ” – [Hat Hut]

Steve Lacy is, without a doubt, one of the most important jazz artists of the last 40 years. A master of improvisation and composition, he is also stylistically restless, and has explored virtually every avenue of jazz, from traditional dixieland, to the work of Monk and Mingus, to free jazz and modern electronic improvisation. CLICHES is a reissue of an album from 1982 (originally entitled PROSPECTUS), though it’s missing a few tracks due to deterioration of the master tapes. It features the great George Lewis on trombone, in addition to the sextet that Steve has recorded with many times since the early 80′s. The tracks here showcase some impeccable ensemble playing as well as exhilarating spontaneity. Of particular note is the title track, which begins quietly with some African percussion and French vocals, then gradually builds in intensity throughout its 22-minute length. The bluesy “Wickets” is also a particularly fine showcase for soloing. It’s nice to have this album back in print.

  • Reviewed by Rococo on July 5, 2005 at 3:52 pm
  • Filed as CD,Jazz
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