|Maybe the whole idea of music comes from observing and listening to animals.
Have you heard the wolf howl, the owl hoot, the donkey bray?
Recorded in 1994
These two CDs are part of a set comprising a book.
|1/||Warming the Instrument up||0:11|
|2/||Long Tones||A concert||0:51|
|3/||Harmonics||from low Bb to F# medium||4:00|
|4/||Altissimo||from low Bb to G medium||3:51|
|5/||Bugle Boy||Steve Lacy||2:43|
|6/||Ain't She Sweet?||1:46|
|10/||Prospectus||Steve Lacy - Theme at slow tempo||0:53|
|11/||Prospectus||Steve Lacy - Theme on 1 note||0:42|
|12/||No Baby||Steve Lacy - Vocal, 1 theme||0:44|
|13/||Tight Corners #1||Steve Lacy - Dynamic (pp)||1:06|
|14/||Tight Corners #2||Steve Lacy - Dynamic (ppp)||0:38|
|15/||Tight Corners #3||Steve Lacy - The first 6 notes||2:06|
|16/||Tight Corners #4||Steve Lacy - Isometric variation on Prospectus||1:57|
|17/||Sax Can Moo...||Steve Lacy - Improvisation over animal sounds||3:39|
|18/||Free Miniature #1||Steve Lacy - Free improvisation (ss/as)||2:28|
|19/||Free Miniature #2||Steve Lacy - Free improvisation (ss/p)||1:33|
|20/||Free Miniature #3||Steve Lacy - Free improvisation (ss/p)||1:07|
|21/||Free Miniature #4||Steve Lacy - Free improvisation (ss/b/dr)||1:54|
|22/||Free Miniature #5||Steve Lacy - Free improvisation (ss/b/dr)||1:33|
|23/||Free Miniature #6||Steve Lacy - Free improvisation (ss/b/dr)||1:37|
|24/||Free Miniature #7||Steve Lacy - Free improvisation (ss/b/dr)||1:09|
|25/||Prospectus||Steve Lacy - Play along version||4:27|
|26/||No Baby||Steve Lacy - Play along version||4:40|
|27/||Evidence||Thelonious Monk - Play along version||4:47|
|Ind.||Title||Composer / Author||Dur.|
|1/||Opus 17||Anton Webern||1:58|
|9/||Tips G-H-I-J||Steve Lacy / Georges Braque||6:33|
|10/||No Baby||Steve Lacy||4:41|
|11/||Prospectus||Steve Lacy / Blaise Cendrars||5:01|
|13/||Saxovision||Steve Lacy / Steve Lacy||4:08|
Recorded on April 4 & 11, 1994 at Studio de Chennevières (France). Additional recording on July 1, 1994. Engineer: Gérard Lhomme.
Digital editing by Philippe Kadosch.
Producer: Outre Mesure. Executive producer: Vincent Lainé.
Cover art: Martine Benguigui.
Never one for abfuscating his approach, Lacy has provided an invaluable guide to his working methods and esthetic aims with this CD and its companion book (published in both English and French by the Paris-based company Outre Mesure, with the subtitle My Experience With The Soprano Saxophone). There's one disc of exercises and examples (illustrated both visually and aurally) that offers a day-trip through his practice regimen, and a second disc of straight music, including a startling transcription of one of Anton Webern's songs as well as solo versions of Bird and (of course) Monk, duets with drummer John Betsch, and trios and quartets that add other members of his longstanding quintet.
A must for Lacy devotees and saxophone players alike.
John Corbett (Down Beat, June 1996)