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Solo saxophone performances of three of Steve Lacy's cycles--"Shots", "Sands", and "Hedges"--recorded in concert and in the studio in the late 70's and 1980, with the majority of the material previously unreleased; thoughtful, technical, lyrical, astounding music from a true master!

Lacy, Steve
Cycles (1976-80) [2 CDs]

Lacy, Steve: Cycles (1976-80) [2 CDs] (Emanem)
Label: Emanem    
Released in: Great Britain    

"Solo saxophone performances of three of Lacy's rarest cycles. The eight-part Shots (Moms / Pops / The Kiss / Tots / The Ladder / Fruits / Coots / The Wire) comes mostly from a 1977 Roman concert, with a couple of missing pieces taken from other contemporaneous performances. The only other complete (duo) release of this material was on a long deleted (Musica) LP.

The rest of this 2-CD set comes from a 1980 solo recording session and concert in the lively acoustics of an old church in Porrentruy in Switzerland. Four individual pieces (Follies / Thought / Wickets / Swoops), two of which have not appeared anywhere else, were given excellent readings. The then newly written Sands trilogy (Stand / Jump / Fall) was given a definitive performance some 18 years before the hitherto lone issued version. Finally the rare Hedges sequence (Hedges / Squirrel / Fox / Rabbit / Shambles) was performed with a dancer. Of the 148 minutes on these two CDs, only the 37 minute Hedges has appeared before."-Emanem

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Product Information:

UPC: 5030243520527

Label: Emanem
Catalog ID: 5205
Squidco Product Code: 19663

Format: 2 CDs
Condition: New
Released: 2014
Country: Great Britain
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold 3 Panels
All analogue recordings in concert except for A9-B5:

A8: Paris (Centre Culturel du Marais) - 1976 November 19

A1-A3, A5-A7: Roma (Teatro Alberico) - 1977 November 14

A4: Köln (Beginner Studio) - 1977 December 16

A9-B10: Porrentruy (L'Ancienne Eglise des Jésuites) - 1980 December 18

A9-B10 recorded by Peter Pfister

B6-B10 originally issued in 1982 on Hat ART 1982/83

Everything else is previously unissued


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Track Listing:


a1. Moms 7:52

a2. Pops 6:15

a3. The Kiss 9:40

a4. Tots 10:46

a5. The Ladder 5:42

a6. Fruits 11:59

a7. Coots 7:40

a8. The Wire 5:03

a9. Follies 6:49

a10. Thought 6:20


b1. Wickets 7:26

b2. Swoops 4:40

b3. Stand 7:44

b4. Jump 6:55

b5. Fall 6:22

b6. Hedges 7:03

b7. Squirrel 7:04

b8. Fox 9:52

b9. Rabbit 8:10

b10. Shambles 4:36