Gil Evans & Steve Lacy: Reincarnation of a Lovebird
Reincarnation of a Lovebird
Paris Blues (Sunnyside 3505)
Recorded: Paris, December, 1987
Rating: 90/100 (learn more)
Steve Lacy’s association with Gil Evans was three decades strong in 1987 when the two met for what would be Evans’ final recording. The resulting Paris Blues is an intimate performance that finds the two breathing new life into familiar material. “Reincarnation of a Lovebird” is a highlight of the session, featuring Lacy’s wry soprano over the ethereal tones of Evans’ electric keyboard. It’s a rare treat to hear Evans the accompanist behind Lacy, laying down basslines and gnarly voicings before delivering an unaccompanied solo that delightfully abstracts on Mingus’ unforgettable melody.
Reviewer: Matt Miller
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