Also, it was Steve Lacy's birthday on Monday (he would've been 78). I couldn't find embedded video of such classics as "Fork New York" and "La Motte-Picquet" (subway tune), so here is "The Zoo" from the 1966 ESP LP Forest and The Zoo with Lacy (ss), Enrico Rava (tp), Johnny Dyani (b) and Louis Moholo (d). Recorded in Buenos Aires, cover by the great painter Bob Thompson, with a title that probably refers to the American urbanism he'd recently departed. It's funny to think how, at least to me, Lacy during this period of open, completely collective music, was in some ways "straighter" (pun intended) than the very intense and scrappy, albeit more strictly composed music he worked on in the '70s. While free and out, Lacy never left behind the essential nature of the tune. Songs are always there, even in the most challenging of his music - the same goes for Albert Ayler and Don Cherry, and looking to the "song" is also how I began to understand the work of his wife, the (oft-maligned) vocalist and string multi-instrumentalist Irene Aebi. Enjoy.