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Lacy, Steve +6 / Cry, the
Album:Cry, the Collection:Jazz
Artist:Lacy, Steve +6 Added:05/1999
Label:Soul Note 

 Recent Airplay
1.Jan 18, 2008:Memory Select
Aggression

Album Review
Craig Matsumoto
Reviewed 2008-01-18 
A "jam opera" mixing jazz, prog rock, and new classical. Quick tempos and long vocal lines sung by Lacy's wife, Irene Aebi, in her husky alto voice. Lacy uses the 7-piece band -- which includes harpsichord and accordion! -- to its fullest in a richly chaotic mix of rhythms and dissonance.

More important: The words being sung are a political commentary on the state of women in Bangladesh. Texts by Taslima Nasria, who received Islamic death threats much like Salman Rushdie did. Liner notes tell how she originally had a role in this opera.

DISK 1:
1- Short intro: Poetry over military snare
2- Chaotic and angry
3- Loping theme
4- Showcase for bass
5- Stomping, swirling beat
6- Harpsichord showcase
7- Jazzy; appropriately aggressive

DISK 2:
8- In French. Sparse, including a solo sax turn by Lacy
9* - Nice concrete theme, almost prog-rock
10- Complex and supposedly in "4/7" time
11- Burbly sax
12* - Powerful and brutal poetry, dissonant music. Describes the extreme brutality that's permitted against women, all in the name of making a wife love her husband, possibly ending with "suicide in a fit of ecstacy" -- which I think is a backhanded ironic reference to the loving "ecstacy" that this treatment is supposed to instill in a woman.
13- Taken from an ancient text, describes the sad effects of aging.

Track Listing
1.Cannonade 7.Aggression
2.Character 8.Desir D'amour
3.Straight Path 9.Body Theory
4.Granary 10.Dark and Handsome
5.Divorce Letter 11.Acquaintance
6.Divided 12.The Cry
 13.Rundown (Ambapali Speaks)