Most jazz fans might assume that a Steve Lacy repertory band would feature a soprano saxophonist front and center. In the case of Brooklyn-based Ideal Bread, that assumption would be dead wrong.
Why no soprano? Because Lacy was just too good. “Sitting next to [Lacy] and hearing him play the saxophone was one of the great experiences of my life,” says baritone saxophonist and bandleader Josh Sinton, 38, who studied with Lacy at the New England Conservatory of Music. “It’s one of the reasons why I’m never going to play soprano saxophone. I heard him and right away I knew there was no way I could put in nearly enough time on soprano to even approach that. It was a really deep, incredible sound. Hearing him play made me feel like I did when I was a kid and heard saxophone for the first time.”