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Steve Lacy Quintet: Esteem

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When saxophonist Steve Lacy died in June 2004, he had amassed well over 300 personal cassette recordings of his concerts, spanning from the ’70s until his death and encompassing everything from dates with his standard quintet to experimental one-offs with musicians from all over the Euro free-music scene. The best of these recordings are currently being unearthed through the new series The Leap: Steve Lacy Cassette Archives, and the inaugural release, Esteem, kicks it off with a resounding bang. Recorded at La Cour des Miracles in Paris on Feb. 26, 1975, it reveals Lacy’s longtime quintet (Steve Potts on alto and soprano saxophones, Lacy’s wife Irene Aebi on cello and violin, Kent Carter on bass and little-known drummer Kenneth Tyler) in peak form, interpreting six of his songs in fiery fashion.

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