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Steve Lacy – Reflections – Plays Thelonious Monk (1958)

Steve Lacy – Reflections – Plays Thelonious Monk (1958)
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Genre: Jazz essential recording:

By the time this album was recorded in 1958, Lacy was already making his mark playing soprano-saxophone exclusively and working with some of the most forward-looking musicians in jazz, like pianist Cecil Taylor and arranger Gil Evans.

The group here consists of some of New York’s mostprobing, younger players–pianist Mal Waldron, bassist Buell Neidlinger an associate from the Taylor group), and Elvin Jones, already a forceful presence on drums.

The startling thing about this early venture into Monk’s music, the first album by other musicians devoted to Monk, is that Lacy was already foregoing the better known tunes, concentrating on Monk repertoire that was seldom played outside the pianist’s own groups. Lacy’s spare, structurally conscious improvisation gets to the essence of Monk’s music.
-Stuart Broomer

Lacy’s first recording was the debut of Cecil Taylor, Jazz Advance! (1956, Transition); the following year saw Lacy’s first session as a leader, Soprano Sax (1957, Contemporary).

Since that time Lacy,who spent the major portion of his career in France, has humbly established himself as one of the definitive voices of the soprano (despite John Coltrane pretty much yanking the rug out from under him in 1960 with My Favorite Things ).

The best of Lacy’s vast number of recordings tend to be solo dates, his duos with pianist Mal Waldron, or sessions with his loyal Sextet members. Lacy and Neidlinger extended their ambitions in a different direction after Cecil Taylor’s group. As might be gathered from the title, this is an all-Monk set in which the slow, gentle “Ask Me Now” and“Reflections” contrast with the devilishly complex “Four In One”, “Bye-Ya” and “Skippy”, with other tunes taking up the middle ground. Pianist Mal Waldron and drummer Elvin Jones complete the exciting,open-eared rhythm section.


Steve Lacy, Soprano Sax
Mal Waldron, Piano
Buell Neidlinger, Bass
Elvin Jones, Drums

1. Four in One 6:06
2. Reflections 4:08
3. Hornin’ In 5:17
4. Bye-Ya 4:42
5. Let’s Call This 7:15
6. Ask Me Now 4:54
7. Skippy 4:21


January 28, 2008 - Posted by | Music_Jazz, Steve Lacy, Thelonious Monk, _MUSIC

1 Comment »

  1. thank you very much for this Monk gem.

    Comment by drfeelgoed | February 14, 2008

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