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Steve Lacy: Conversations
Steve Lacy: Conversations is a collection of thirty-four interviews with the innovative saxophonist and jazz composer. Lacy (1934–2004), a pioneer in making the soprano saxophone a contemporary jazz instrument, was a prolific performer and composer, with hundreds of recordings to his name. This volume brings together interviews that appeared in a variety of magazines between 1959 and 2 ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published August 9th 2006 by Duke University Press Books
(first published July 19th 2006)
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Better than any biography of Mr. Lacy could be. This books presents nearly every interview with Steve Lacy in chronological order. In its pages, one can follow the growth and trajectory of a major American artist. Invaluable not just for the curious student of improvisation, but also for those interested in art, the politics of art and the nature of improvisation. Lacy was one of the most well-spoken members of a profession that's known more for its opaque commentary rather than lucid incisivene ...more
Inspiring book. The interviews are all spectacular, and each one reveals something different about Lacy's influences, methods, ideas, etc. His brief ode to Stravinsky, included in the small section of his writings and notes, is one of the best artist tributes I've read in recent memory. Highly recommended.
Solid and candid interviews with a bygone eminence. Sometimes a little repetitive and dry (not in the good way, like Lacy's playing was) but otherwise insightful into the partnership, in Lacy's head, of non- and extra-musical influences on his playing. Brion Gysin, Joan Miró, etc. Young, totally unique musical thinkers of today, where are you? Not playing at Dizzy's Club Coca Cola, that's for sure.