Very reminiscent of the "School Days" sessions, with identical instrumentation (Dennis Charles is the drummer on the earliest tracks) and several Monk tunes, but with much improved fidelity, not to mention four intervening decades of constant improvement and challenge by two of the most singular improvisers of the modern era. Neither Rudd nor Lacy ever stray too far from the broad humor and theatrical gestures they absorbed as Dixieland players in the 1950s, qualities that color even their most abstract or aggressive work and are especially evident here. The tunes recorded in 1999 and 2002 with Lacy's long-time rhythm section of Betsch and Avenel are more streamlined rhythmically than the 1962 session, but have the same adventurous and rollicking spirit.
All hail local libraries -- even the lowliest, most underfunded branches — whence came this.
UPDATE: I set my controls a few posts back for 160 kbps and haven't changed it back because the lower quality seems to address the ethical dilemma discussed in some detail in the comments for the Theo Bleckmann album. This one is, as has been noted, at 160 kbps, too.
Steve Lacy: ss
Roswell Rudd: trb
Jean-Jacques Avenel: b
John Betsch: dr
Dennis Charles: dr (#10-13)
Bob Cunningham: b (#10-13)
1. Rent, The
2. Bath, The
3. Hoot, The
5. Light Blue
8. Twelve Bars
10. Eronel (Take 2)
11. Tune 2
12. Think of One
13. Eronel (Take 3)
Tracks 1, 2, 3, 5 and 9 recorded at Bimhuis, Amsterdam, June 19, 1999.
Tracks 4,and 6 recorded at the Mat Bevel Institute, Tuscon, AZ, US, April 4, 1999.
Tracks 7 and 8 recorded at Iridium, NYC, August 9, 2002.
Tracks 10-13 recorded in NYC (demo session), October 9, 1962.
160 kbps rip from Cuneiform Records CD 250/251