Reflections: Steve Lacy Plays Thelonious Monk

Steve Lacy

Reflections Steve Lacy Plays Thelonious Monk
  • CAT # OJCCD-063-25

    1. Four In One 6:06
    2. Reflections 2:41
    3. Hornin' In 5:17
    4. Bye Ya 2:43
    5. Let's Call This 5:00
    6. Ask Me Now 4:54
    7. Skippy 4:21

Steve Lacy was drawn to the soprano sax by the presence of Sidney Bechet. He studied music with devotion in and out of school, evolving through several styles. When he came upon the compositions of Thelonious Monk, he connected with them in a deep and profound manner and he set out to learn as much of the repertory as he could.
Where most musicians who played Monk’s music limited themselves to “’Round Midnight” and “Straight, No Chaser,” Lacy mined more esoteric fare such as “Work” and “Skippy” and came up with some hard, brilliant gems.
At one time, in his pre-free music stage, he led a band that played nothing but Monk. This album, with empathic support from Mal Waldron, Buell Neidlinger, and Elvin Jones, is a total reflection of that attitude.

with Mal Waldron, Buell Neidlinger, Elvin Jones

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with Carl Brown, Billy Higgins

Recorded November 1, 1961.



Steve Lacy today is one of the most genuinely free players in that wide area of jazz known as the avant-garde. Those who have followed his playing… More