There are many great Steve Lacy records. His 70s/80s recordings with Steve Potts are a particular peak. This is my favorite record by those two giants. An essential FMP release.
Favorite track: The crust.
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EXCLUSIVE! FIRST COMPLETE DIGITAL VERSION ANYWHERE! (SAJ-18) http://www.fmp-label.de/freemusicproduction/labelscatalog/saj18.html . This is one of the summits of Steve Lacy's intimidatingly large discography. Although it's never been widely available, aficionados have long praised "Follies" as one of Lacy's finest works. This recording captures his classic quintet on a great night, laying down definitive versions of these beautiful, surprising, and compelling tunes. For fans, this album is essential. For newcomers, it's a good place to make the acquaintance of a remarkable musician.
"'Follies' is among the finest Steve Lacy recordings. The pieces are written by Steve Lacy and all have a shot of Monk's edgy charm and character, making them full of unexpected surprises. On soprano saxophone, Lacy constantly searches for melodic sounds while Steve Potts on alto seeks more fluid sequences that also occasionally reference Braxton's musical vocabulary. 'Follies' is an impressive demonstration against the prejudice that free jazz means chaos and anarchy. It's a perfect introduction for those who throw up their hands at the mention of the term." -Jazz Podium
Steve Lacy Quintet
Steve Lacy: soprano saxophone
Steve Potts: alto saxophone
Irène Aebi: cello
Kent Carter: double bass
Oliver Johnson: drums
Recorded live by Bernhard Arndt on April 11th, 1977, during the Workshop Freie Musik at the Akademie der Künste in Berlin.
CD mastering Jonas Bergler & Olaf Rupp.
Produced by Steve Lacy & Jost Gebers.
Cover artwork by Antoine Nicoglou.
Layout by Jost Gebers.
Photo by Dagmar Gebers.