Two different sets of "saxophone special" recordings from Steve Lacy
– each representing a key shift in his style on the European scene of the early 70s, and capturing him before he'd stratified things into the more standard Lacy
modes that would come! The first half of the set has Lacy
working with a great lineup that features lots of offbeat guitar from Derek Bailey – really sounding wonderfully here next to Steve
's soprano sax – plus Steve
Potts on alto and soprano, Kent Carter on amplified bass, and John Steve
ns on percussion. Sounds are sharp and short, often with the energy of some of Lacy
's solo performances – but sonically expanded in a quintet setting – and titles include "38", "Flakes", and "Revolutionary Suicide". The second half features a performance from the following year – again with great guitar from Bailey and saxes from Potts – plus additional saxes from Trevor Watts and Evan Parker, and some electronics from Michel Waisvisz, which is a very nice touch. Titles include "Staples", "Dreams", "Swishes", "Sops", and "Snaps". CD features two album's worth of material – and also features the bonus alternate version of "Snaps".