My Personal Story About Steve Lacy



This 1957 recording of a Duke Ellington song showcases Steve Lacy playing soprano sax in the style of one of jazz’s great innovators, Sidney Bechet. When you hear the clarity and precision of his playing in “Daydream,” you’ll understand how he single-handedly revived the soprano sax (which was generally ignored during the bop era) in the Sixties. This song is like taking a slow walk on a Sunday afternoon, meditating on what you’ve done with your life – and what you still hope to do. If ever there was a tune to go along with soul-searching, this is it.

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