Friday, July 24, 2009
Here's a very favourite Lacy lp ,from what i consider to be his peak period,the Late 70's...this and Capers are probably among his most accomplished viscerally raw albums of the time.
Perhaps its no coincidence that both were recorded in concert ,and poorly engineered that was pretty much standard practice ,at Hat Hut in its infancy.
This record Cooks Hard and relentlessly , featuring Irene Aebi's voice on only one track, a Great version of 'Existence' one of Lacy's finer confections... i have to say i have gradually become a fan of her slightly off kilter and sometimes downright out of tune singing... this is one of her finer performances. richly delivered..with warmth and passion.
Every track is a winner, a fine synthesis of Lacy's then current interests , the perfect blend of his Whole tone dominated monk inflected tunes ,and total all out Free improvisation...
the original production on this record ... was nothing to write home about , fairly monochromatic at times , my guess is that's why it hasn't been reissued to date.
my LP bought in an op shop for a few bucks ,was fairly pervasively crackly NOT TO MENTION THE HAIRLINE SCRATCHES!!! , with one small skip on the first track ...MOST OF THESE PROBLEMS APPEAR FIXED....
I've used Magix, to refresh the rip that includINGGG, removing some of the applausSSSSSe.. ALL THE MUSIC IS INTACT AND TO MY EARS..SOUNDING GOOD.
3/ The Dumps
4/ Stamps/ duckles
(1,2,3) recorded at the Willisau Jazz Festival, August 27, 1977
(4,5,6,7) recorded at "Jazz Au Totem", Paris, February 22, 1978
Steve Lacy: soprano; Steve Potts: alto, soprano; Irene Aebi: cello, violin,
bells, vocals; Kent Carter: bass; Oliver Johnson: drums.
1979 - Hat Hut Records (Switzerland), K/L (2xLP)
this goes out to David, who sent me Distant Voices(1976 - Columbia (Japan), YX-7085-N (LP))
David you never got back to me with your Lacy wish list!!