Sunday, August 2, 2015

STEVE LACY – Dreams (LP-1975 / Saravah – SH 10058)




Label: Saravah – SH 10058
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album / Country: France / Released: 1975
Style: Free Jazz
Recorded at Saravah Studios Paris, May 12-15-1975
Artwork [Cover Art] – Claude Bellegarde
Engineer – Christian Jence
Photography By [Photos] – Bunny Brissett
Producer – Pierre Barouh
Technician [Assistant] – Larry Martin

A1 - The Uh Uh Uh .............................................................. 7:20
A2 - Dreams ......................................................................... 3:05
A3 - The Oil ......................................................................... 9:10
B1 - The Wane ................................................................... 10:00
B2 - Crops ............................................................................ 7:00

Steve Lacy – soprano saxophone, composed
Steve Potts – alto saxophone, soprano saxophone
Derek Bailey – guitar
Jean-Jacques Avenel – bass
Kent Carter – bass
Irene Aebi – voice, cello
Kenneth Tyler – drums, percussion
featuring:
guitar – Boulou Ferré (tracks: A2, B2), Jack Treese (tracks: A2, B2)

Dreams is easily Lacy's greatest moment from the 70s, and the one that sounds, simultaneously, most and least like him.



Recorded at Saravah's studios in Paris in May 1975, Dreams is the fourth of five albums cut for the label by Steve Lacy between 1969 (Roba) and 1977 (The Owl) -- the intervening pair being 1971's Lapis and 1974's Scraps -- and features the soprano saxophonist in the company of his favorite playing partners, altoist Steve Potts, bassists Kent Carter and Jean-Jacques Avenel, guitarist Derek Bailey, drummer Ken Tyler, and not forgetting the composer's partner, Irene Aebi on cello and vocals on the dreamy, almost Debussyesque setting of Brion Gysin's permutational poem "Dreams." For the occasion, the group is joined by Saravah regulars guitarists Boulou Ferre and Jack Treese, who also contributes some spindly banjo to the closing "Crops." It's quintessential Lacy, all relentless harmonic cycles with saxophones locked together a whole- or half-tone apart, but extraordinarily varied in scope nevertheless, running the gamut from the twisted psychedelic funk of "The Uh Uh Uh" to the rolling free folk of "Crops," via the tense, claustrophobic weave of "The Oil." On this, the tough nut of the set, Bailey's pinched Webernian splutters are the perfect foil for the rigorous saxophone dirge, and his volleys of harmonics complement Treese's fingerpicking to perfection in "Crops." And anyone who still doubts Lacy's consummate mastery of his instrument needs only to check out the ease with which he negotiates the ferociously difficult theme in "The Wane."

As the story unfolds one small piece at a time over this LP, the vision of the man comes clearly into view and his true genius is revealed. Lacy saw jazz in the 70s as a way to make sense of the entire world -- a world in transition and fragmentation. His musical view was all-inclusive (Bailey's rock and funk moves on the Dreams album) and sought order using a musical language that would open the doors to dialogue: first with musicians and then with other artists everywhere. The amazing thing is that -- at least in the avant-garde music world -- he succeeded: because everyone there cites him as an influence...........

Enjoy!



If you find it, buy this album!

8 comments:

  1. STEVE LACY – Dreams (LP-1975 / Saravah)
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  2. Excellent. An important album. Many thanks.

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  3. Great album fine LP this and Roba, Lapis,Scraps & The Owl released on 3CD set.

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  4. So beautiful album... Lacy at his peak. Thanks Vitko.

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  5. Great album, thanks.

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  6. Lacy at his peak, indeed. I have mumbledy-mumble albums by Lacy, because he's so good and everything is at least worth checking out, but every once in a while -- eight or ten or thirteen times in his vast career -- an album by him is worth 5 stars in my collection. =Dreams= is one of them.

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