Steve LACY – Clinkers 1977

Steve LACY – Clinkers 1977
Recorded live in Basel on June 9th, 1977, at the restaurant “Zer alte Schmitti”
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In an interview in Cadence magazine not too long ago, Steve Lacy spoke about the Sixties in highly unusual and unexpected terms, as a period when the baby was often thrown out with the bathwater as musicians threw out set forms and experimented. Lacy himself was, of course, one of the foremost experimenters. Although his sound is highly distinct and immediately recognizable, he has changed considerably since the Sixties – as he progressively incorporates the sonic discoveries of that period into more conventional musical frameworks.
Compare, for example, this rerelease of Clinkers, a 1977 solo soprano live date, with 1998’s solo set Sands. The more recent set is much more straightforwardly melodic. As for Clinkers, well, it’s more all over the sonic map. While “Trickles” is one of Lacy’s patented spidery harmonic explorations, “Duck” is made up almost completely of noise effects. The other three tracks – “Coastline,” “Micro Worlds,” and “Clinkers” – partake liberally of outside-the-bar-line sounds.

So what’s the result? Well, Lacy’s music always has a strong coherence and grasp of continuity. One thing follows from another, audibly so. It isn’t any different with Clinkers. These tracks may take a little more time to come to grips with than the accessible trio music Lacy’s been making lately, but it’s well worth the effort: like all of this master’s music, these tracks are emotionally rich and noble, full of possibilities noted and realized. Highly recommended.
By Robert Spencer.
**
If anyone ever wonders what the hoopla was in the 1970s about Steve Lacy’s solo performances, he or she needs look no further than this album. While it encompasses less than 45 minutes of recording time, and constitutes just half of a live concert (where is the other half), Lacy is perfectly splendorous, with solos that rival his best on disc. The saxophonist is alone and his playing is terrific, with each piece a mini-masterpiece. Trickles opens the set, contrasting Lacy’s excellent version of the same tune elsewhere with trombonist Roswell Rudd. Duck is an apt title, with the quacks and squawks reminiscent of the animal. Micro Worlds focuses on laser-like streams of sound distorted here, twisted there. The perfect intonation, symmetrical melodies, and warped interpretations lead to altered expectations, as Lacy winds his way across terrain uniquely his own. One of the few instrumentalists who can sustain a solo performance for seemingly indefinite periods, the saxophonist’s cool and restrained yet radical style is fully displayed without a moment’s lapse.
By Steven Loewy, All Music Guide.
**
A1. Trickles  10:04
A2. Duck  7:02
A3. Coastline  7:56
B1. Microworlds  7:18
B2. Clinkers  11:58
**


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