The Beat Suite
STEVE LACY

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Album · 2003

Filed under Avant-Garde Jazz

Tracklist

1. Wave Lover (4:06)
2. Song (6:27)
3. Naked Lunch (4:20)
4. Private Sadness (8:40)
5. A Ring of Bone (4:52)
6. The Mad Yak (4:46)
7. Jack's Blues (3:38)
8. Agenda (3:59)
9. In the Pocket (4:24)
10. Mother Goose (5:14)

Total Time: 50:28

Line-up/Musicians

Double Bass – Jean-Jacques Avenel
Drums – John Betsch
Soprano Saxophone – Steve Lacy
Trombone – George Lewis
Vocals – Irene Aebi

About this release

Universal Music Jazz France ‎– 067 617-2

Recorded at Studio Ferber, Paris, December 1-4 and 13, 2001

Thanks to snobb for the updates

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One of the greatest soprano sax avant garde jazz musician Steve Lacy recorded "The Beat Suite" almost at the ned of his long-lasting and extremely prolific career. Fortunately, it is no way master's melancholic look to his past. Oppositely, "Beat Suite" is ambitious project brewing beat poetry with Lacy's improved trio's music.

Beside of Steve regulars acoustic bassist Jean-Jacques Avenel and drummer John Betsch, there are two very important collaborators participated. First is trombonist George Lewis, and the other - operatic voice singer (and Lacy's wife) Irene Aebi. Irene participated previously on some Lacy's recordings and everyone familiar with their tandem knows that her singing is an acquired taste: use of operatic voice in avant-garde jazz compositions are appreciated by ones and hated by others. Anyway, "The Suite..." is mostly based on Aebi's singing so chose properly.

Quite unusually for Lacy's music, each of ten compositions contains lyrics, including such renown material as William Burroughs "Naked Lunch", Kerouac "Wave Lover" or Alien Ginsberg "Song". Irene's singing isn't easy acceptable source of songs' lyrics so it's great that liner notes contain all the texts.

Music is quite different from Lacy's regular as well - more relaxed, with lot of free trombone soloing, it combines more 50s "beat" atmosphere (or even cool jazz) than usual Lacy's late 60s free jazz-influenced works with minimalist early 20th century/ Weimar era influenced operatic songs.

Steve Lacy recorded "The Beat Suite" at his late sixties, just a few years prior to passing away. It's really impressive evidence how creative great sax player stayed till the end of his life.

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