Steve Lacy Vinyl, CD & tapes by Steve Lacy at Norman Records
Steve Lacy, Yuji Takahashi, Takehisa Kosugi
This 1976 meeting of three avant-jazz heavyweights gets reissued by Aguirre (La Monte Young, Steve Reich, Terry Riley). Pianist Yuji Takehashi - a player so innovative that Iannis Xenakis composed especially for him - joined forces with soprano saxophonist Steve Lacy and electric violinist/Fluxus favourite Takehisa Kosugi in a 1975 recording session while Lacy was in Japan. The resulting record employs unusual techniques - at times Takahashi plays with bells attached to his hands while Lacy pressed his saxophone up to the skin of a kettle drum - to create this surreal piece. Distant Voices takes in free jazz, cosmic jazz, post-minimalist composition and serialism.
Steve Lacy & Joe McPhee
Steve Lacy, the sadly deceased saxophonist, and Joe McPhee, who is still going strong with his horns, only performed together once in their long careers, and The Rest contains that performance in its entirety. One side of soulful dual-saxophone improvisation, brought back to us by Hat Hut / Roaratorio.