Sunday, February 14, 2010

Marcel Mule and Steve Lacy - Opposites, But With a Common Bond

Of the musicians who played the soprano saxophone, two opposites, for me, were equals.
I have already written about the legendary French soprano saxophonist, Marcel Mule; however, in the context of this particular blog, do allow me mention him once again:
The recordings of this rare gift to great music are relatively few, but extant. His 1947 recording of the Concertino da Camera of Ibert is, arguably, his best-known, though other equally engrossing examples of his genius do exist, if one looks for them.
Mule lived into his 100th year, dying in 2001, and lives on as perhaps the most defining musician representing this diminutive instrument.
Steve Lacy, who, for me, equally compelling on the soprano sax, primarily for his unique approach to what truly is Minimalism , was one of the strongest disciples of Thelonius Monk, along with his personal view of multi-media poetics, as we can view through his connection to associated arts, more noticeably, literature, and how he fused his musically nucleic identity with such minds as Herman Melville and other writers.
The honesty of his incarnations without the attendant myriads of notes that could have been made available is his signature, in my view.
He taught briefly at the New England Conservatory of Music before dying prematurely, sadly, of cancer.
Listen to two different worlds on their common instrument, and know how the face of genius can be discerned by way of Common Bond

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