photo © Einar Moos (used with permission)

"Steve Lacy is finally packing. "It's time to book" quotes Mike Zwerin. With his lifetime companion, muse, partner, mate, Irene Aebi, he leaves after 32 years of Paris musical adventures.

The small group that gets together for his going-away-party at Marie-José Pillet's Bercy atelier, crooners, old time friends, professional musicians, seem overwhelmed by the occasion. Steve Potts on sax, John Betch on drums,Yves Teicher on his violin and many others express through performances their gratitude. Stunningly Steve honors percussionist virtuoso, the late Oliver Johnson, in a heart wrenching cry of his soprano sax."

Einar Moos (June 18, 2002 - used with permission) - parisian@.com