Mal Waldron & Steve Lacy – Sempre Amore

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Soprano saxophonist Lacy and pianist Waldron have been working together since the 1950s and share an unusual gift for musical depth, long evident in their duet explorations of bop tunes and their recurring dialogue on the music of Thelonious Monk. This 1986 recording is devoted to tunes by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn, Ellington’s long-time collaborator, and what beautiful tunes they are. Lacy and Waldron touch on some frequently played pieces, like the swinging “Johnny Come Lately” and the beautiful “Prelude to a Kiss,” but they’ve dug deeply into the songbook for seldom-played numbers like “Sempre Amore,” “Azure,” and “Smada.” There isn’t a note wasted in these masterful etchings, demonstrating a theme can be explored to its limits by being refined to its essence.

Tracklist

01. Johnny Come Lately
02. Prelude To A Kiss
03. Stars Crossed Lovers
04. To The Bitter
05. Azure
06. Sempre Amore
07. A Flowe Is A Lovesome
08. Smada

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