Music and the Creative Spirit: Innovators in Jazz, improvisation, and the Avant Garde, by Lloyd Peterson

Scarecrow Press

©Laurence Svirchev

Music and the Creative Spirit Spirit is a set of forty-two interviews with prominent contemporary creative musicians. Two of them, Steve Lacy and Derek Bailey, died while the book was in process; the rest are active creators. Pat Metheny is interviewed twice and there is a collective discussion titled “Chicago Roundtable” . . . → Read More: Music and the Creative Spirit: Innovators in Jazz, improvisation, and the Avant Garde, by Lloyd Peterson

A Certain Respect for Tradition, Selected Writings 1980-2005, by Mark Miller

The Mercury Press 2006

©Laurence Svirchev

When Mark Miller quit writing for Canada’s Globe and Mail in 2005, short-form jazz journalism took a major hit. Miller had been at it since 1978, writing more than four thousand pieces in a concentrated, humorous style. His easy-to-grasp, incisive commentary brought both the potential . . . → Read More: A Certain Respect for Tradition, Selected Writings 1980-2005, by Mark Miller

The Battle of the Five Spot Ornette Coleman and the New York Jazz Field, by: David Lee

The Mercury Press, 2006

©Laurence Svirchev

The Battle of the Five Spot tackles three topics, the most important being the significance of Ornette Coleman’s 1959 supernova entrée into the jazz world at the Five Spot Café. The second topic is the jazz club-scene –the Five Spot Café is the . . . → Read More: The Battle of the Five Spot Ornette Coleman and the New York Jazz Field, by: David Lee

Evan Parker, Benoît Delbecq, François Houle: Lumière de Pierres

psi records, www.emanemdisc.com/psi.htm

©Laurence Svirchev

If at 10:04 a listener thought “Stone Through Sunlight” were over, he would have had to rapidly reconsider the opinion. Evan Parker, François Houle, and Benoît Delbecq had almost reached silence when Delbecq reached over the keyboard and lightly strummed the strings. Between the . . . → Read More: Evan Parker, Benoît Delbecq, François Houle: Lumière de Pierres

Steve Lacy: 10 of Dukes + 6 Originals

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©Laurence Svirchev

10 of Dukes + 6 Originals is a solo soprano saxophone concert recital. Set one comprises ten Ellington compositions from 1929-40;. Set two decants compositions dedicated to artists as diverse as Melville, Ryókan, and Stevie Wonder.

Lacy votaries may be surprised that he . . . → Read More: Steve Lacy: 10 of Dukes + 6 Originals

Steve Lacy & Roswell Rudd: Monk’s Dream; Steve Lacy: Hooky

Monk’s Dream: Verve 543 090-2

Hooky, Solo in Montreal 1976: Emanem 4042

©Laurence Svirchev

It’s about time that Steve Lacy, that percipient nous of modern music, scored on a major label like Verve. He has been universally recognized among his musician peers for decades as one of the most articulate players of the soprano saxophone. . . . → Read More: Steve Lacy & Roswell Rudd: Monk’s Dream; Steve Lacy: Hooky

A Portrait of Steve Lacy

Photography & Words ©Laurence Svirchev

He has led/participated in over 200 recordings, walked the Brooklyn Bridge with Sonny Rollins, collaborated with Gil Evans for thirty years. He is the foremost contemporary interpreter of the music of Thelonious Sphere Monk, with whom he played for two years, and whose music he has . . . → Read More: A Portrait of Steve Lacy

The Thelonious Monk Reader, Edited by: Rob van der Bliek

Oxford University Press 2001

©Laurence Svirchev

Genius musician Thelonious Sphere Monk died in 1982, a young 64 years old. Monk was a man who had long captured the attention of the press because of his enigmatic demeanor and awry music, but amazingly the first book about him only appeared . . . → Read More: The Thelonious Monk Reader, Edited by: Rob van der Bliek

Johnny Hodges: The Complete Small Group Verve Sessions 1956-61

Mosaic Records #200

©Laurence Svirchev

Johnny Hodges, with a series of nicknames like “Rabbit” and “Jeep”, was a musical hero in his time. His alto saxophone sound and phrasing was inimitable. He enjoyed popularity both as leader of his own bands and as a long time member of the . . . → Read More: Johnny Hodges: The Complete Small Group Verve Sessions 1956-61

Gerry Hemingway, Composer and Drummer: Entering the Realm of Art Song

Words & Photography ©Laurence Svirchev

A casual glance at the covers of glossy jazz magazines, a stroll through the aisles of any large CD store, or a squint at the fashion pages handily demonstrates the cult of handsome, competent, and female singers who tirelessly and tediously repeat the canon of 50-70 . . . → Read More: Gerry Hemingway, Composer and Drummer: Entering the Realm of Art Song