Lacy, Steve

Lacy, Steve
▪ 2005
Steven Norman Lackritz 
      American musician and composer (b. July 23, 1934, New York, N.Y.—d. June 4, 2004, Boston, Mass.), helped introduce a neglected instrument, the soprano saxophone, into modern jazz in the mid-1950s, creating simple, lyric melodies with an individualistic concept of solo form and giving the traditionally high, piping horn a personal warmth and range of expression. While many modal and free-jazz saxophonists followed in his footsteps, Lacy remained one of the rare soprano saxophonists to concentrate exclusively on that instrument. He played with top Dixieland and swing musicians in his teens before forming an original modern style as a member of Cecil Taylor's radical quartet (1955–57). For many years Lacy played Thelonious Monk's idiosyncratic repertoire almost exclusively; as his style evolved, he began playing in the new free-jazz idiom with a unique melodic simplicity, as showcased in his 1967–68 tours of Europe and South America. After settling in Europe in 1969, he alternated between Monk's repertoire, his original free-jazz songs, and themeless, free improvisation, often in solo saxophone concerts. Lacy led a series of small groups that usually included his wife, singer-cellist-violinist Irene Aebi; he created musical settings of texts by Lao Tzu, Herman Melville, Robert Creeley, Bengali poet Taslima Nasrin, and others, and he collaborated with dancers and visual artists. In four decades of reunions with trombonist Roswell Rudd and, in duets and combos, with pianist Mal Waldron, he progressed from melodic Monk variations to the most extreme abstraction. Lacy recorded more than 200 albums, a feat matched by few other jazz musicians. He received a MacArthur Foundation fellowship in 1992. Ten years later he moved back to the U.S. to teach at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston.

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