Though soprano saxophonist Steve Lacy recorded many volumes of solo music, on only a handful did he use overdubbing and rarely to the extent of this obscure album recorded in
I must add that this recording was sponsored not only by the Italian radio station RadioUno but even, I say almost by the important ISMEZ (Institute For The Musical Development Of Southern Countries) which was, through the figure of musicologist Gianfranco Salvatore the producer of the record.
From the cover notes written by Gianfranco Salvatore he says:
“In preparing for ISMEZ, of a research project on the Mediterranean musical archetypes that also provided for the production of relevant original compositions by contemporary musicians, it was easy to think of Steve Lacy as the ideal musicians…a musician to whom one could entrust the ancient achetype of the Labyrinth. In all of Lacy’s work in fact, one can perceive something that looks like a geometry of the Arcanum: his soprano sax(“divine, perverse instrument, not yet quite determined”, as he once said to me in an interview) has always expressed a “reasoning spirituality”, a music that appears at the same time visionary like an oracle and convincing like a science”
Steve Lacy soprano sax overdubbed
01 Labirinth 20.05
02 Island 20.50
All compositions by Steve Lacy
NEXUS - OPEN MOUTH BLUES - RED Record VPA 169
In my opinion one of the most exciting records of Italian (European?) jazz in the eighties.
The first output of a neglected group, and a little known album never reissued on cd. Music so strong and yet lirycal, swingin’hard and with themes that fills in your head without givin’ up to timbrical and compositional research.
The source of this music is in Andrew Cirylle groups (Tiziano Tononi studied with Cirylle who is by his admission his musical and life teacher) and perhaps Tim Berne.
Recorded & mixed at Studio Barigozzi, Milano, 1983 June 24th and 25th
Released September 1983
A1) Amanita Muscaria (P.DallaPorta) 16.20
A2) Open Mouth Blues (T.Tononi) 6.46
B4) Song for the Seals (T.Tononi) 11.22
Daniele Cavallanti tenor & baritone saxes
Pino Minafra trumpet, flueghelhorn, pocket trumpet
Luca Bonvini trombone, sackbut
Paolino Dalla Porta bass, tambourine, kalimba
Tiziano Tononi drums, percussion, gongs
A music post seemed to me the only possible way to THANKS Sotise and Boromir. and try to overcome the great sadness in me.
No More Words. Listen And Enjoy the music!
See YOU. :-) LYM