Steve Lacy: Evidence
Steve Lacy 6
We See / Thelonious Monk Songbook (Hatology 569)
Steve Lacy (soprano sax),
Hans Kennel (trumpet), Steve Potts (alto sax), Sonhando Estwick (vibes), Jean-Jacques Avenel (bass), John Betsch (drums).
Composed by Thelonious Monk.
Recorded: Willisau, Switzerland, September 1-2, 1992
Rating: 85/100 (learn more)
Monk's repertoire has been a recurring center of interest in Steve Lacy's career, and he tackled it on many occasions with different partners, often without piano. This particular case differs from others first because these tapes went unreleased for 10 years, and second because they involve a short-lived half-European band with trumpet and vibes, a rather unusual lineup for a Lacy band. Not all musicians are equally interesting here, but every time the highly original Lacy plays the highly original Monk, there's something worth checking. Indeed Lacy's solo, though rather short, is among his most convincing.
Reviewer: Thierry Quénum