Steve Lacy's Saxophone Special + portrays extremely artistic collaborations with the gods of the British Free Jazz movement. This CD comprises re-releases of original LP's on EMANEM recorded in 1973 and 1974. Saxophone Special + without a doubt is a historical archive pertaining to the evolution of free and largely improvised music.
On cuts such as Staples and SOPS we behold Lacy and co. delving into unknown territory, prodding and complimenting each other, exploiting themes, improvising and constructing conceptual subtleties that propel our imaginations into uncharted territory. The music comes across as highly charged and inventive. Perhaps, as Producer Martin Davidson suggests one the earliest if not the first exposition of a saxophone quartet performing improvised music. "Saxophone +" is historical yet remarkably palatable and a must for the free jazz compleatist.
Glenn Astarita (All about Jazz, 01/1999) - whole article