Steve Lacy Profiled

Source: Bandcamp Daily.

Steve Lacy, the soprano saxophonist, had a singular career in jazz and modern music in the 20th century. Inspired by the great Sidney Bechet, he picked up the straight horn and became one of the tiny few in jazz who only played that instrument, not doubling on another saxophone, clarinet, or woodwind. His path through the music was also unlike any other musician: he started playing Dixieland, then skipped over both swing and bebop and went straight to playing free jazz with Cecil Taylor. That was a fundamental step on his path. The next was playing with Thelonious Monk, and what he learned from the two pianists was essential to his own music. Another key was his own deep passion for the entire world of the arts: literature, painting, dance, everything.