Until recently, Steve Lacy was one of these undiscovered jazz-treasures (for me, that is!). I'd heard of him of course, but I'd never listened to his music. Morning Joy is my Lacy debut and, boy, what an introduction! Glorious music, be it the Monk interpretations or the other selections on the album. This is the type of album that gives jazz a good name. Fantastically talented musicians, yes!, but not only in terms of their individual achievements, the group interaction is absolutely spot-on also (since I've bought this album it has hardly been out the CD player).
In short, Morning Joy will be the first of a large number of Lacy CDs that will find its way to my collection. Please note that the only reason why I did not rate this music with 5 stars, is because I can't compare with other Lacy material. If this would be his only one, I would have definitely rated it with 5 however.