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Sketches for Steve

by Huw Lloyd

Solo soprano and contrabass clarinet ruminations on the colourful and quietly passionate music of Steve Lacy (1934-2004), with the addition of evocative vocals on select tracks.
Genre: Jazz: Modern Creative Jazz
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1. The Crust
3:38 $2.99
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2. Naked Lunch
4:41 album only
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3. Private Sadness
10:12 album only
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4. No Baby
4:19 album only
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5. I Do Not Believe (feat. Dan Hegedus)
3:32 album only
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6. As Usual (feat. Dan Hegedus)
6:57 album only
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7. Hemline
3:52 album only
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8. Papa's Midnight Hop (feat. Dan Hegedus)
5:11 album only
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9. Retreat
8:23 album only
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10. Clichés (feat. Dan Hegedus)
6:45 $2.99
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11. The Rent
5:02 album only
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12. Gusts
6:43 album only
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13. The Door
4:38 album only
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14. Bone (feat. Dan Hegedus)
7:56 album only
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Solo ruminations on the colourful and quietly passionate music of Steve Lacy (1934-2004) by Tokyo-based soprano and contrabass clarinettist Huw Lloyd.

Steve Lacy passed through the whole of jazz history in his lifetime. He began playing New Orleans style in New York in the 40s, was discovered by renegade Cecil Taylor and went on to study and perform with "The High Priest of Bebop" himself, Thelonious Monk. He is one of the few musicians to not only dedicate himself entirely to free improvisation - for 3 years he played no other way - but come out of the other side with an entirely revitalised understanding of the fundamentals of music, which he termed polyfreedom. Add to this that Lacy founded his own sub-genre of jazz, based around the setting of poetry in an art-song style, and that he reinvented the soprano saxophone for modern music, and you'd think that you'd have a perfectly packaged success story. Yet Lacy's uncompromising dedication to improvisation both in music and as a way of life set a course for him that was difficult to define and unpredictable. Large record companies shied away, though thankfully smaller ones with lesser means of publicity saw their chance and Lacy's output is nothing short of prolific.

Huw first encountered Lacy's music as a student at Leeds College of Music. It's humour, intensity, unique construction and spiritual subtext left a lasting impression, prompting Huw to move to Paris in 2000 to meet and study with Lacy. His fascination with the music continued after moving to Tokyo in 2002, leading to the formation of an exclusive repertory group, Lacy Foundation, featuring some of the most open-minded and creative members of the local jazz, improvisation and world music scenes. With his "discovery" of the contrabass clarinet in 2011, Huw feels that he now has the perfect tool to interpret Lacy's music in a personal way.

The vocalist on this album, Dan Hegedus, is a classically trained musician introduced to the music of Steve Lacy by Huw in 2012. Heavily involved in choir music during his time at The University of Wisconsin-Madison and later with Tokyo Musik Kreis, this is his debut album as a soloist.

Sketches for Steve was recorded over two days, October 4th and 5th 2013, by Andy Bevan at his home studio, with the intention of capturing as many full takes as possible. There is no overdubbing and only one track has been somewhat edited (The Rent). These are sketches in the truly improvised sense, to paraphrase Lacy, the best we could do that day. And we do hope you enjoy them.

Huw would like to thank Dan for his dedication, Andy for his open-mindedness and hard work, Philipp Potz for a very useful suggestion, Gilles Laheurte for encouragement, Josh Sinton for charts, Tris Hooper for pics and, of course, Mr. Lacy for a great many things.

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