Ideal Bread: Reflections of Steve Lacy

Steve Lacy
Cover of Steve Lacy

From Jazz Times:

Sinton was only vaguely aware of Lacy’s work when their paths crossed, but the impact on the student musician was immediate and long lasting. Their formal studies lasted only a single year, with an additional year of informal study before Lacy’s death in 2004. Sinton also worked as Lacy’s copyist and “ran occasional errands, just trying to be around him when I could…”

That “research” continues in the form of Ideal Bread, which recently released its sophomore CD, Transmit: Vol. 2 of the Music of Steve Lacy (Cuneiform). The quartet, whose name comes from a Lacy quote, began shortly after Sinton moved to Brooklyn in 2004, when he would routinely tote Lacy’s compositions to jam sessions. Trumpeter Kirk Knuffke and bassist Reuben Radding “were the guys who kept returning my phone calls,” Sinton says, and the three worked together for six months before drummer Tomas Fujiwara completed the lineup.

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