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3 FOR LACY
 
 
THE BEST THING ABOUT THE HIGH NOTES IS WHAT THEY DO
FOR THE LOW NOTES
(Steve Lacy)


3 for Steve Lacy:
Joe McPhee, Selmer soprano saxophone
Joe Giardullo, King soprano saxophone
Gilles Laheurte, Yanagisawa soprano saxophone and Tanzanian mbira

"A continuous current of air, blown by three saxophonists...
Music (mostly) by Lacy, the magician of words and notes, to make you hold your breath.
A soft rustle, colored by pitch. An ongoing musical story that is told in subdued but intense tones, almost in whispers."
(extract from the program notes)

The concert was one of three sets programmed that evening, comprising the very first "Come Sunday" series of the new deSingel 2005-2006 season. For "3 for Lacy," there was no rehearsal, no pre-arranged set of tunes, no guidelines. The only "instructions" came from McPhee barely seconds before going onstage: "Gilles, you start."




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The introduction vignette with a Wagogo mbira (thumb piano) from Dodoma, Tanzania



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Medley of improvisations on several familiar Lacy tunes




The amazing Joe McPhee in a tranquil luminous improvisation



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The great Joe Giardullo soloing with VERY HIGH Esteem



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Challenge and communion in improvisation



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Dreams ? No Baby, No Baby, No Baby !



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A Quote for and from Steve, who was indeed an American in Paris ...



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Giardullo delighting in HIS very own relaxing Bath ...



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The concluding vignette, featuring a solo improvisation on Tanzanian thumb piano



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Conclusion: the 3 soprano saxophonists parting whispers




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Applause and Standing ovation conclude the one hour concert


Photos from video by Pierre Michel Zaleski 2005
Gilles Marie-Paul Laheurte






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Thanks to Roger Henry Parry (1939-2010) for having captured this great shot of the 3 of us just outside the De Muze Jazz Bar (in Antwerp, Belgium), the night before the concert. He is fondly remembered.
Thanks also to Hugo De Craen for having organized this unforgettable event.





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