Anthem (Steve Lacy album)

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Anthem
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Released1990
RecordedJune 27–28, 1989
Genre Jazz
Length57:42
Label RCA Novus
Steve Lacy chronology
Morning Joy
(1990)
Anthem
(1990)
Rushes: 10 Songs from Russia
(1990)

Anthem is an album by Steve Lacy released on the Arista Novus label in 1990. It features five of Lacy's compositions (and one by Jean-Jacques Avenel) with texts by Osip Mandelstam and Mary Frazee performed by Lacy, Bobby Few, Steve Potts, Jean-Jacques Avenel, John Betsh, Sam Kelly, Glenn Ferris, La Velle and Irene Aebi. [1] [2]

Steve Lacy (saxophonist) American saxophonist; jazz composer

Steve Lacy, born Steven Norman Lackritz in New York City, was an American jazz saxophonist and composer recognized as one of the important players of soprano saxophone. Coming to prominence in the 1950s as a progressive dixieland musician, Lacy went on to a long and prolific career. He worked extensively in experimental jazz and to a lesser extent in free improvisation, but Lacy's music was typically melodic and tightly-structured. Lacy also became a highly distinctive composer, with compositions often built out of little more than a single questioning phrase, repeated several times.

Osip Mandelstam Russian poet and essayist

Osip Emilyevich Mandelstam was a Russian Jewish poet and essayist. He was the husband of Nadezhda Mandelstam and one of the foremost members of the Acmeist school of poets. He was arrested by Joseph Stalin's government during the repression of the 1930s and sent into internal exile with his wife Nadezhda.

Bobby Few American musician

Bobby Few is an American jazz pianist and vocalist.

Contents

Reception

The Allmusic review by Stephen Cook awarded the album 4.5 stars stating "With more composition and performance highlights than most jazz albums ever muster, Anthem is essential listening for Lacy fans and all other adventurous listeners out there.". [3]

Professional ratings
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Track listing

  1. "Number One" - 9:01
  2. "Prayer" - 9:21
  3. "J. J.'s Jam" (Avenel) - 6:53
  4. "Prelude And Anthem" (text by Osip Mandelstam) - 15:48
  5. "The Mantle" (text by Mary Frazee) - 9:22
  6. "The Rent" - 7:17
All compositions by Steve Lacy except as indicated

Personnel

Steve Potts (jazz musician) American musician

Steve Potts is an American jazz saxophonist. Playing mainly alto sax and occasionally soprano, Potts is best known for his 30-year partnership with fellow saxophonist Steve Lacy.

John Betsch American musician

John Betsch is an American jazz drummer.

Irene Aebi is a Swiss singer, violinist and cellist. She is noted for her work with jazz saxophonist Steve Lacy, her husband, from the 1960s to his death in 2004.

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References

  1. Jazzlists: Steve Lacy discography accessed July 9, 2018
  2. Steve Lacy discography accessed July 9, 2018
  3. 1 2 Cook, S. Allmusic Review accessed July 1, 2011