There are many reasons
why today's listeners
will enjoy this CD. First of all, the fact the original
of these two master-musicians had been released in 1993 by an
(Slam Productions of musician and producer George Haslam) is an
message to all audiophiles, because it demonstrates that 'Indies'
are able to focus on Art instead of business opportunities.
fact that now Silta Records, another
independent label, is re-issuing the CD is coming from the wish to
great music to a wider and renewed audience. This is again reflecting
spirit of the original release: to allow all listeners to enjoy the
came out of that great night of May 16th, 1993.
second reason is that the concert Lacy and
Waldron made in Oxford
more than 15 years ago is an important document, witness of the
these two magic American musicians. Today's listeners have now the
live the deep experience of attending a concert of these two masters,
excellent audio quality. Furthermore, this re-issue is peculiar because
it is a
collectors' edition - the print in fact is limited to 999 numbered
this is another factor that makes this CD really special.
all these good reasons, one is primarily
important: this Music is magic and emotional! Saxophonist Steve Lacy
pianist Mal Waldron perform with great interplay, melting their musical
with pathos and with their melodies. The repertory is driven by the
compositions of Thelonious Monk, on which Waldron is showing his strong
personality and his ability to develop the original harmony while
melodic lines enrich the improvisations with modern ideas and his
personal sound. The set had been beautifully completed with
Waldron and Lacy themselves plus an unforgettable ballad by Duke
really looks like that evening the two wanted to remind where the roots
modern Jazz are, showing at the same time towards which direction