Lacy Monk

Jerry Gonzalez - Rumba Para Monk (2001) {Sunnyside SSC 1036D rec 1988-89}

Jerry Gonzalez - Rumba Para Monk (2001) {Sunnyside SSC 1036D rec 1988-89}
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© 1988-89, 2001 Sunnyside Communications | SSC 1036D
Jazz / Afro-Cuban Jazz / Latin Jazz / Post Bop / Trumpet

Jerry Gonzalez has referred to himself as being "bilingual" in that he is equally skilled on trumpet and congas, in bebop and in Latin music. Gonzalez succeeds in his goal of combining the two idioms without watering down either style on this essential Sunnyside CD. The first Afro-Cuban Thelonious Monk tribute has plenty of spots for the percussion of Steve Berrios and Gonzalez, but also contains many strong solos from the leader's often-muted Miles-influenced trumpet, Carter Jefferson's tenor, and Larry Willis' very un-Monk-like piano. With the exception of "Ugly Beauty," the Latin percussion is an integral part of each performance, giving this set of Monk tunes a very different perspective that is also quite flexible. A highly enjoyable set with the highlights including "Bye-Ya," "Nutty," "Little Rootie Tootie," and "Jackie-ing."
Thelonious Monk Quartet - Thelonious In Action (1958/2017) [Official Digital Download 24/192]

Thelonious Monk Quartet - Thelonious In Action: Recorded at the Five Spot Cafe, NYC (1958/2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time - 39:32 minutes | 1,9 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

Among Thelonious Monk's brilliant musical associations, the one with tenor saxophonist Johnny Griffin sometimes gets overlooked. This 1958 recording catches the quartet with bassist Ahmed Abdul-Malik and drummer Roy Haynes on its home turf, New York's Five Spot Cafe. Griffin's gruffly compressed sound and high-speed, coiling lines are a fine foil for Monk's spare and pointed comping, bringing a distinct and special intensity to Monk's music. Together the group turns in classic renditions of familiar Monk tunes, including a brilliant Griffin performance of "Blue Monk".
Wadada Leo Smith - Solo: Reflections and Meditations on Monk (2017)

Wadada Leo Smith - Solo: Reflections and Meditations on Monk
Jazz | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 56:30 min | 245 MB
Label: TUM Records | Tracks: 08 | 2017

Wadada Leo Smith comes to the music of Thelonious Monk from a childhood admiration of the artist. As a pre-teen he was already playing trumpet and composing and instinctively knew that Monk's understanding of music and sound would influence his own creativity. Smith believes that the quintessence of Monk can best be found in his solo work. The same can be said for Smith who has produced two previous solo collections including Creative Music—1 (1972) and Solo Music: Ahkreanvention (1979), both on the Kabell label.
Various Artists - That's The Way I Feel Now: A Tribute To Thelonious Monk (1984) {A&M Records CD 6600}

Various Artists - That's The Way I Feel Now: A Tribute To Thelonious Monk (1984) {A&M Records CD 6600}
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© 1984, 1991 A&M Records | CD 6600 | Audio Master Plus Series
Jazz / Post Bop / Progressive Jazz / Modern Jazz / Jazz Funk / Prog Rock / Soul / Soft Rock

Two years after the death of pianist-composer Thelonious Monk, this very unusual and quite memorable double-LP tribute was put together. Producer Hal Willner's most successful project, the 23 interpretations of Monk originals all feature a different group of all-star players and stretch beyond jazz. Some of the performances are fairly straightforward while others are quite eccentric; certainly the crazy duet on "Four in One" by altoist Gary Windo and Todd Rundgren (on synthesizers and drum machines) and the version of "Shuffle Boil" featuring John Zorn on game calls (imitating the sound of ducks) are quite unique. There are many colorful moments throughout the project and the roster of musicians is remarkable: Bobby McFerrin with Bob Dorough, Peter Frampton, Joe Jackson, Steve Lacy, Dr. John, Gil Evans, Randy Weston, Roswell Rudd, Eugene Chadbourne and Shockabilly, the Fowler Brothers, NRBQ, Steve Khan, Carla Bley, Barry Harris, Was (Not Was) and many others. There is not a slow moment or uninteresting selection on this highly recommended set.

Steve Lacy & Mal Waldron - At the Bimshuis 1982 (2006)  Music

Posted by mark70 at Aug. 16, 2016
Steve Lacy & Mal Waldron - At the Bimshuis 1982 (2006)

Steve Lacy & Mal Waldron - At the Bimshuis 1982 (2006)
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Genre: Jazz | Label: Challenge Records #DBCHR 75349

This previously unreleased live session from 1982 features saxophonist Steve Lacy and pianist Mal Waldron in duo performances recorded at the Bimhuis in Amsterdam, the home of Dutch jazz masters like Han Bennink, Misha Mengelberg and Willem Breuker. Both musicians are great improvisors and they frequently performed together as a duo. They also share a deep influence by Thelonious Monk, which is evident in this stunning performance. On this recording they perform Lacy's 'Blues for Aida', heard here in its earliest recorded version, and an innovative version of Waldron's `Snake Out'. The programme is completed by three Thelonious Monk tunes, `Reflection', `Round Midnight' and `Epistrophy'.

Steve Lacy - Five Facings (2008) {Jazzwerkstatt jw025}  Music

Posted by ruskaval at Jan. 29, 2016
Steve Lacy - Five Facings (2008) {Jazzwerkstatt jw025}

Steve Lacy - Five Facings (2008) {Jazzwerkstatt jw025}
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© 2008 Jazzwerkstatt / FMP | jw025
Jazz / Free Improvisation / Saxophone / Piano

This set, recorded between April 4 and April 8, 1996, teamed soprano saxophone giant Steve Lacy with five different pianists. Half the cuts were composed by Lacy, three by Thelonious Monk, and one improvisation by Van Hove and Lacy – the least interesting work included here, because it didn't work. The first five tracks would have made an album for any jazz fan, and the rest, while interesting, don't touch the first half, and perhaps that's because the first two pianists are Marilyn Crispell and Misha Mengelberg. Two pieces by Lacy, "The Crust" and "Blues For Aida," start things off with Crispell playing an inspired counterpoint to the artist during the melody, moving into a piano solo that combines a total shift of Lacy's compositional thought into an almost purely classical realm (Bruckner anyone?) before entering into a dialogue that brings the work back to the jazz tradition, and there is no seam.
Steve Lacy - The Forest And The Zoo (1966) {2008 ESP-Disk Remaster}

Steve Lacy - The Forest And The Zoo (1966) {2008 ESP-Disk Remaster}
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© 2008 ESP-Disk | ESP 1060
Jazz / Avant-Garde Jazz / Free Jazz / Post-Bop / Saxophone

According to the liner notes of this new edition, Steve Lacy walked into the ESP-Disk offices in New York in 1966 and offered to sell Bernard Stollman a tape of a concert he had recorded with his quartet during a concert in Argentina (where they had been stranded). That band was truly an international one: Lacy and Italian trumpeter Enrico Rava made up the front line, and the rhythm section included South African expats Johnny Dyani on bass and drummer Louis Moholo – who had both been members of the Blue Notes and the Brotherhood of Breath with Chris McGregor. Engineer Ken Robertson brought the tape back to Stollman in 1992, claiming the entire album had been recorded out of phase. This makes sense given the lags on the original. The remastered and reissued CD version issued in 2008 claims to have fixed that problem.

Steve Lacy - Lift The Bandstand (2006)  Music

Posted by robi62 at June 29, 2013
Steve Lacy  - Lift The Bandstand (2006)

Steve Lacy - Lift The Bandstand (2006)
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Genre: Jazz | Label: Rhapsody | Copy: Untouched | Release Date: 4 Dec 2006 | Runtime: 50 min. | 3,09 GB (DVD5)
Subtitles: Spanish, French

Soprano saxophonist Steve Lacy ranks alongside Sidney Bechet and John Coltrane as one of the few who permanently reshaped and reworked Dixieland music by contemporizing it in a postmodern vein. With his reassessments and reinventions of such Dixieland tunes as "Work," "Played Twice," and "Criss Cross" by Thelonious Monk and self-penned standards such as "Blinks," "Capers," "Clichés," and "Troubles,"Lacy laid the groundwork, stylistically, for innumerable later players and left in his wake a treasure trove for generations of listeners upon his death in 2004. Lacy is the center of the film Steve Lacy: Lift the Bandstand, which draws from interviews with Lacy himself as he expostulates on his place in the jazz realm and his contributions to the medium and rare archival footage of Lacy in performance.
Steve Lacy, "Findings: My Experience with Soprano Saxophone" (1 livre + coffret de 2 CD)

Steve Lacy, "Findings: My Experience with Soprano Saxophone" (1 livre + coffret de 2 CD)
Publisher: Outre Mesure | 2006 | ISBN: 2907891081 | English, French | PDF+FLAC | 224 pages | 682 Mb

(En) "Findings" is an excellent music instruction book written by the late Steve Lacy in the early 1990s. The book is now in its second edition (2006) and would be an excellent addition to any musician's music library. The book includes information about Lacy's practice routine, a short biography, and enough exercises and ideas to keep one's musical and non-musical mind busy for years. Lacy was an absolute master of the soprano saxophone but this work will prove invaluable for any musician interested in the way a master musician practiced and thought. …

Steve Lacy - Sortie + Disposability (1966) {2010 Free Factory}  Music

Posted by ruskaval at Nov. 5, 2012
Steve Lacy - Sortie + Disposability (1966) {2010 Free Factory}

Steve Lacy - Sortie + Disposability (1966) {2010 Free Factory}
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© 2010 Free Factory | FF 067
Jazz / Free Jazz / Post Bop

Sortie/Disposability album by Steve Lacy was released May 11, 2010 on the Free Factory label. Digitally remastered two-fer containing a pair of rare complete original LPs by Jazz legend Steve Lacy recorded in Italy: Sortie (which appears here on CD for the first time ever) and Disposability. Sortie/Disposability songs Both albums focus on Free Jazz. Sortie/Disposability album Sortie is a quartet excursion with trumpeter Enrico Rava sharing the front line. Sortie/Disposability CD music The long unavailable Disposability presents Lacy with the same bassist and drummer as Sortie in a trio set that includes a mixture of original tunes with compositions by Thelonious Monk, as well as a song by Cecil Taylor and another by Carla Bley.