Gil Evans & Steve Lacy: Reincarnation of a Lovebird


Reincarnation of a Lovebird


Gil Evans (keyboards) and Steve Lacy (soprano sax)


Paris Blues (Sunnyside 3505)

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Gil Evans (keyboards), Steve Lacy (soprano sax).

Composed by Charles Mingus


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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