Frank Lacy

Settegast Strut: Live at Moods

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Recorded live at a Zurich nightclub, this is trombonist Frank Lacy's third recording as a leader. He is joined by pianist Katy Roberts, bassist Richard "Radu" Williams, and drummer Doug Hammond, plus drummer Sebastian Whittaker replacing Hammond on one selection, on a program of seven Lacy originals and John Coltrane's "Welcome." Having displayed his big tone and "go for broke" imagination with a diverse group of musicians such as Henry Threadgill, David Murray, Art Blakey, and Illinois Jacquet, it's no surprise that this recording emphasizes Lacy's musical versatility. Lacy's compositions range from up-tempo burners such as "What's the Resolution" and "A.D. 2016, the Comet"; medium-tempo finger poppers such as the title track; solo trombone excursions such as "Tonal Weights and Blue Fire #2," where he displays his gospel influences by including several gospel songs in the medley; and even include Lacy's jazz-meets-rap, "Hip-Hop Swing: A Love Supreme, where Lacy raps over a funky, danceable groove set up by Lacy's piano, Williams' acoustic bass, and Whittaker's drumming. In addition to trombone, piano, and vocals, Lacy even plays decent trumpet on the medium fast "Jordan's Mood." A hard-to-find but well-worth it recording.

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