Octet Vespers (1994) Lacy's flawless, subtly colored, extended soprano-sax cadenza -- as intriguing an opening as any recorded in years -- draws us into Octet Vespers (Soul Note)… Steve Lacy Jazz
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Octet Vespers (1994)

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Details Lead Performance: Steve Lacy; Genre: Jazz

Lacy's flawless, subtly colored, extended soprano-sax cadenza -- as intriguing an opening as any recorded in years -- draws us into Octet Vespers (Soul Note), a dark, densely packed work. As a player, Lacy is heard less than one might wish (and vocalist Irene Aebi perhaps more), but as a composer he speaks through all of his bandmates. And his is one of the most original voices in jazz. A

Originally posted Feb 11, 1994 Published in issue #209 Feb 11, 1994 Order article reprints