07 febbraio 2012


Martin Davidson raccoglie nell'album The Sun per la sua etichetta Emanem alcuni lavori rari o inediti di Steve Lacy del periodo 1967-1973, infiammati dalla protesta contro la guerra in Vietnam. C'è anche il controverso brano in quattro parti The Woe, qui nell'unica registrazione completa esistente, quella della sua ultima esecuzione alla vigilia della firma del trattato di pace. Scriveva Lacy: "Conceived in the horrors of the Vietnam War, it is a melodrama in four parts for quintet, two cassettes of war noises (air & ground) and voice. (The cassettes were played in the studio.) This piece was the principal music we performed during the last two years of the USA's involvement in Vietnam. This was the last time we played it. It was recorded (the night before the peace treaty was signed) in its entirety, and broadcast in Switzerland. I have no idea what the reaction was, if any. The Woe is dedicated to Ho Chi Minh and all the people of Vietnam".

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