|This is one of those CD's that I have been waiting too many years to release. Unfortunately the collapse of ICTUS and my following musical adventures haven't given me the possibility to produce ICTUS records anymore. 30 years later finally with the ICTUS RECORDS re-birth I'm proud to present one of the best duet ever recorded on ICTUS.
This recording has been made in the studio, opposite to the one issued as Clangs LP. So far is my favorite performance with my great master Steve Lacy.
But let's go back to those years. 1976 was a year full of problems; not only for a bad shoulder that made me stopping to play for months, but also for the disbanding of the Gaslini quartet, my main source of work. Two months later all this, everything was once again reduced to nothing by the disastrous earthquake which hit Friuli, destroying my house and nearly all my desire to make music. From both emotional and realistic perspectives, working on my music in the face of this human tragedy was impossible for nearly a year (when we moved to Pistoia). Yet it was during this terribly trying period, in 1976, that one of the most important musical meetings in my life took place - I met Steve Lacy - one of the musicians that I most admire.
The first meeting with Lacy took place in Paris during the period of the shoulder treatment and I took the opportunity to ask the saxophonist to listen to my first records. Upon my return to Italy, I was excited to have received a letter from Lacy in which Lacy said he would be willing to undertake a tour with ...me!.
The idea of playing in duo with Steve - with his complicated, spiky music - worried me. After his arrival my anxiety increased - this man was always thinking, but never spoke. For three concerts I couldn't figure out what he wanted from me, until finally we managed to talk things through right before the last performance. The concert was recorded and the result was the best thing I had done to date, because I was so stimulated by this exchange of views with Steve, who sees music as a mystery to be discovered every time you play, and I managed to play in a truly free and creative way.
When I had asked Lacy how he should intervene with the percussion behind Lacy's thematic statements and subsequent improvisations; the enigmatic Lacy replied: "Play what you feel." Since then, this has been the guiding principle behind each work of art and everyday action of my artistic life.
Here you can hear what Steve Lacy did mean saying that. This CD is dedicated to his memory. Even if we spent just short periods together I always kept a great memory of him in my heart: I'll always miss you, Steve. - Andrea Centazzo