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Morning Joy

Steve Lacy Audio CD
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Product details

  • Audio CD (9 April 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Hatology
  • ASIN: B00005B1IM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 517,423 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Steve Lacy's Quartet live in Paris, 1986. 17 Dec 2013
By Jazzrook TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
This excellent quartet album was recorded by Radio France live at the Sunset club, Paris on February 19, 1986 with soprano saxophonist Steve Lacy(1934-2004), Steve Potts(alto & soprano sax); Jean-Jacques Avenel(bass) & Oliver Johnson(drums).
The seven lengthy tracks include four Lacy originals and three Thelonious Monk compositions.
Lacy & Potts complement one another beautifully and seem inspired by the superb rhythm section.
The music on this atmospheric 76-minute live recording has tremendous drive and vitality and is an ideal introduction to Steve Lacy's work. It's a pity that the CD is currently so hard to find.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Morning Joy.... 15 July 2005
By John C. Graham - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Afternoon joy, evening joy, night joy, all the joy is right here. The stripped down Lacy band would play gigs and make records which appealed to saxophone freaks. Lacy would provide titles for the recordings that alluded to having to make money to pay the rent...fewer players..more money to spread around...less notated music...more solo space. That works for me.

It's a hot recording from beginning to end and would have been amazing to see. Avenel and Betsch(or is it Oliver Johnson)are a big reason why the music sounds so good. They swing like crazy, providing that essential pulse for Lacy and Potts to solo on top of. Lacy plays calculated and cerebral with heat...Potts, as usual, plays hot and blue. It was a wonderful partnership that is captured here at a creative peak. Their playing is absolutely brilliant from beginning to end. This recording has been a favourite of mine for some time now and it still provides fresh moments of glee when played.

Lacy and Potts at their best, captured live at the Morning Joy in Paris. Great tunes, unreal solos, beautiful rhythm section and the recording quality is excellent. Get this one.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lacy ( Hot ! ) 22 Sep 2003
By Jazz Fan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
For people who were waiting for Steve Lacy to play with a little more fire than his usual bag, this is the CD you have been waiting for! Monk and Lacy, two tunes by Monk, and the rest by the sax Maestro performed Live. Lacy, Steve Potts- soprano & alto saxes, Jean-Jeacques Avenel - bass, Oliver Johnson- drums.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Superb, evocative modern jazz 30 Nov 2001
By Hans - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
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.
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