The Rova Sax Quartet
not only pay tribute to the late Steve Lacy – whose work on soprano sax
was such a huge influence on their sound – they also reunite with guitarist Henry Kaiser
, a Bay Area associate from the early days who was a key part of their scene! The quartet
rework the songs that Steve Lacy first presented on his groundbreaking Saxophone Special album – but the presence of both Kaiser
's guitar, and analog electronics from Kyle Bruckmann
really make the whole thing sound quite unique – certainly in a mode that Lacy would approve, but also with maybe more of the noisy elements that marked the generation or Rova
's early improvisations. Titles include "Staples", "Swishes", "Sops", "Dreams", and "Snaps" – plus bonus tracks "Cliches" and "Sidelines".