FMP #26: The People’s Choice (aka “Follies”)

The results of our recent poll to determine the most sought after FMP release (of those that we’d already received from the label) are in, and the outcome is quite clear: the Steve Lacy Quintet was out in front from the beginning, and never lost the lead. Follies by Lacy’s 1970s quintet is one of the summits of his intimidatingly large discography. Although it’s never been widely available, aficionados have long praised Follies as one of Lacy’s finest works. This recording captures this classic group  — Lacy, soprano; Steve Potts, alto; Kent Carter, bass; Oliver Johnson, drums; plus Lacy’s wife Irène Aebi on cello — on a great night, laying down definitive versions of these beautiful, surprising, and compelling tunes. For fans, this album is essential. For newcomers, it’s a good place to make the acquaintance of a master musician. (Hardcore FMP heads will note two of the four tracks on Follies were released on the mammoth Im Rückblick/In Retrospect box set last year.)

FYI: In a slight change of approach, the player above will allow you to hear two of the album’s four tracks.

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