Steve Lacy today is one of the most genuinely free players in that wide area of jazz known as the avant-garde. Those who have followed his playing from the mid-Fifties nights at New York’s Stuyvesant Casino, when he was billed as "The Bechet of Today," know that he has always been a man who kept his ears open and ready to evolve.
The 1957 Soprano Sax was his first album as a leader. It reflects his past ("Day Dreams" and "Rockin’ in Rhythm" for the Ellingtonian); his interest in Sonny Rollins ("Easy to Love"); and his love of Thelonious Monk ("Work"), pointing toward his next Prestige LP which would consist solely of Monk’s music.
This CD is also noteworthy because of the presence of pianist Wynton Kelly, one of the keyboard masters.
with Wynton Kelly, Buell Neidlinger, Dennis Charles