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Encyclopedia > Steve Lacy
 Allen|Henry "Red" Allen]], George "Pops" Foster and Zutty Singleton and then with Kansas City jazz players like Buck Clayton, Dicky Wells, and Jimmy Rushing before jumping into the heart of the avant-garde by performing on the debut album of Cecil Taylor, appearing with Taylor's groundbreaking quartet at the 1957 Newport Jazz Festival and making a notable appearance on an early Gil Evans album. His most enduring relationship, however, has been with the music of Thelonious Monk: he recorded the first all-Monk album (Reflections, Prestige, 1958) and played in Monk's band briefly in 1960 and on Monk's Big Band/Quartet album (Columbia, 1963). Monk tunes became a permanent part of his repertoire, making an appearance in virtually every concert appearance and on albums, and Lacy often collaborated with trombonist Roswell Rudd in presenting interpretations of Monk's compositions. Beyond Monk, he rarely performed pop-music standards, specializing instead in the work of jazz composers such as Charles Mingus, Duke Ellington and Herbie Nichols. He also became a highly distinctive composer with a signature simplicity of style: a Lacy composition often is built out of little more than a single questioning phrase, repeated several times. In the 1960s he also became deeply involved in the American free-jazz avant-garde and, in the 1970s, the European free improvisation scene: free improvisation became another important element in his musical personality. 

Lacy's first visit to Europe came in 1965, with a visit to Copenhagen in the company of Kenny Drew; he went to Italy and formed a quartet with Italian trumpeter Enrico Rava and the South African musicians Johnny Dyani and Louis Moholo (their visit to Buenos Aires is documented on The Forest and the Zoo, ESP, 1966). After a brief return in New York, he returned to Italy, then in 1970 moved to Paris, where he lived until near the end of his life. He became a widely respected figure on the European jazz scene, though (perhaps because he was living abroad, perhaps because of the demanding purity of his style) remained somewhat underrated in the U.S. except among his avid fans, who became used to tracking down Lacy's prolific output on a variety of imported European labels. George Murphy Foster, almost always known as Pops Foster (18 May 1892 (?) - 30 October 1969) was a jazz musician, best known for his vigorous string bass playing. ... Arthur James Singleton, much better known as Zutty Singleton (14 May 1898 - 14 July 1975) was a United States jazz drummer. ... Nickname: City of Fountains or Heart of America Location in Jackson, Clay, Platte, and Cass Counties in the state of Missouri. ... Buck Clayton (born Wilbur Dorsey Clayton in Parsons, Kansas on November 12, 1911-died in New York City on December 8, 1991) was an American jazz trumpet player, fondly remembered for being a leading member of Count Basie’s Old Testament orchestra and leader of mainstream orientated jam session recordings... William Wells, (June 10, 1907 - November 12, 1985), more famous under the name of Dicky Wells (sometimes Dickie Wells), was an African-American jazz trombonist. ... James Andrew (Jimmy) Rushing (August 26, 1901/02/03 - June 8, 1972) was an American blues singer from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. ... A work similar to Marcel Duchamps Fountain Avant garde (written avant-garde) is a French phrase, one of many French phrases used by English speakers. ... Cecil Percival Taylor (born March 15 or March 25, 1929 in New York City) is an American pianist and poet. ... The Newport Jazz Festival is a music festival held every August in Newport, Rhode Island. ... Gil Evans  (*13 May 1912 at Toronto, Canada  â€  20 March 1988 at Cuernavaca, Mexico); jazz musician and important innovator of big band jazz in the United States as an arranger, composer, bandleader, and pianist; cool jazz, modal jazz, free jazz, jazz rock. ... Thelonious Sphere Monk (October 10, 1917 – February 17, 1982) was a jazz pianist and composer. ... Roswell Rudd (born Roswell Hopkins Rudd, Jr. ... Charles Mingus (April 22, 1922 – January 5, 1979), also known as Charlie Mingus, was an American jazz bassist, composer, bandleader, and occasional pianist. ... The current version of this section reads like an advertisement. ... Herbie Nichols (1919–1963) was an American jazz pianist and composer. ... Enrico Rava on the cover of one of his CDs. ... Johnny Mbizo Dyani (30 November 1945 – 24 October 1986) was a South African jazz double bassist who played with such musicians as Don Cherry, Steve Lacy and Leo Smith. ... Louis Tebugo Moholo, born in Cape Town on 10 March 1940, is a South African jazz drummer. ...

In the 1980s the core of Lacy's activities for much of his Parisian period was his sextet: his wife, singer/cellist Irene Aebi, soprano/alto saxophonist Steve Potts, pianist Bobby Few, bassist Jean-Jacques Avenel, and drummer Oliver Johnson (later John Betsch). Sometimes this group was scaled up to a large ensemble (e.g. Vespers, Soul Note, 1993), sometimes pared down to a quartet, trio, or even a two-saxophone duo. Lacy also, beginning in the 1970s, became a specialist in solo saxophone, an innovator who ranks with Anthony Braxton and Evan Parker in the development of this demanding form of improvisation. Anthony Braxton (born June 4, 1945) is an American composer, multi-reedist and pianist. ... Evan Shaw Parker (born 5 April 1944 in Bristol) is a British free-improvising saxophone player from the European free jazz scene. ...

Lacy was interested in all the arts: the visual arts and poetry in particular became important sources for him (he frequently made musical settings of his favourite writers: Robert Creeley, Tom Raworth, Brion Gysin and other Beat writers, haiku, Herman Melville...). He also collaborated with a truly extraordinary range of musicians, from traditional jazz to the avant-garde to contemporary classical music. Outside of his regular sextet, his most important regular collaborator was probably the pianist Mal Waldron, with whom he recorded a classic series of duet albums (notably Sempre Amore, a collection of Ellington/Strayhorn material, Soul Note, 1987). Robert Creeley (May 21, 1926 - March 30, 2005) was an American poet, author of more than sixty books, and usually associated with the Black Mountain poets, though his verse aesthetic diverged from that schools. ... Tom Raworth (Thomas Moore Raworth) (born 1938) is a London-born poet and visual artist who has published over 40 books of poetry and prose since 1966. ... Brion Gysin (January 19, 1916 - July 13, 1986) was a writer and painter. ... Herman Melville (August 1, 1819 – September 28, 1891) was an American novelist, essayist and poet. ... Malcolm Earl Waldron (August 16, 1926 - December 2, 2002) was an American jazz and world music pianist and composer. ...

Lacy returned to the United States in 2002, where he began teaching at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. One of his last public performances was in front of 25,000 people at the close of a peace rally on Boston Common in March 2003 shortly before the US-led invasion of Iraq. For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. ... Nickname: City on the Hill, Beantown, The Hub (of the Universe)1 Location in Massachusetts, USA Counties Suffolk County Mayor Thomas M. Menino (D) Area    - City 232. ... The symbol of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, which has become a widely recognized peace symbol. ... Image:Boston common Boston Massachusetts USA.jpg Boston Common in 2005, with the State House looming in the background 1890 Map of Boston Common and the adjacent Public Garden View of the Water Celebration, on Boston Common, October 25th 1848 Boston Common Engraving For the television series, see Boston Common... Combatants Coalition Forces: United States United Kingdom South Korea Australia Poland Romania others. ...

See also

Axieme is an album by jazz saxophonist Steve Lacy. ...

External links

  • New book of interviews with Steve Lacy, edited by Jason Weiss
  • "On the Brink", Steve Lacy talks about his musical experiences.
  • Steve Lacy Discography from WNUR-FM
  • Afkikker, Belgian Jazz Clubhouse devoted to the music of Steve Lacy
  • FMP, Steve Lacy's FMP releases

  Results from FactBites:
Steve Lacy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (592 words)
Steve Lacy (July 23, 1934 – June 4, 2004), born Steven Norman Lackritz in New York, was an innovative jazz soprano saxophonist.
Lacy also, beginning in the 1970s, became a specialist in solo saxophone, an innovator who ranks with Anthony Braxton and Evan Parker in the development of this demanding form of improvisation.
Lacy was interested in all the arts: the visual arts and poetry in particular became important sources for him (he frequently made musical settings of his favourite writers: Robert Creeley, Tom Raworth, Brion Gysin and other Beat writers, haiku, Herman Melville...).
Steve Lacy- Perfect Sound Forever (1169 words)
Arguably, Lacy is the most important voice on his instrument in the modern era and undeniably is one of the greatest jazz instrumentalists of any era.
Lacy began his career as a teen-aged participant in the Dixieland revival of the early 1950s, most notably playing with the 'progressive groups' of Dick Sutton.
Lacy with long-time collaborators Jean Jacques Avenel on bass and John Betsch on drums are on a lengthy US tour (plus 3 or 4 Canadian stops) in which they will play some 40 to 50 dates in less than 2 months.
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