“Like a baker makes his bread, I make music...If I make the same bread tomorrow, that bores me...I have to remake it, I have to do better...I’m always looking for...the ideal bread.” – Steve Lacy, April, 1976
“They really own this music, turning each tune inside out, never paying stale homage to Lacy but celebrating the multi-faceted nature of his music.” – Signal to Noise
“The Ideal Bread lays down a serious marker for the posthumous evolution of Steve Lacy’s music.” – Point of Departure
BEATING THE TEENS
John Sinton • Kirk Knuffke• Adam Hopkins• Tomas Fujiwara
Beating The Teens is the third album from the Steve Lacy repertory band Ideal Bread. On it, they cover all 26 of the pieces from these five albums. They adhere to and respect Lacy's unique compositional vision, while giving them an original approach and a new life.
The quartet of expert improvisers and composers in the band includes leader and baritone saxophonist Josh Sinton, who studied with Lacy toward the end of his life, cornetist Kirk Knuffke, bassist Adam Hopkins and drummer Tomas Fujiwara.
Beating the Teens press release
John Sinton • Kirk Knuffke• Reuben Radding• Tomas Fujiwara
“The disc functions both as an exacting yet refreshingly unfussy homage to Lacy’s work and a snapshot of four versatile, highly sympathetic improvisers in their prime.” – The Wire
"You would assume that a Steve Lacy tribute band would for certain include a soprano sax, but that is not the case with Ideal Bread. Baritone saxophonist Josh Sinton and trumpeter Kirk Knuffke do the honors in a front line that plays Lacy's pithy, inventive, minimalist-to-stretched progressive jazz proudly. They even make some innovative moves of their own with an instrumentation that emphasizes the bottom and middle timbres of sound, rather than the high end of what Lacy offered. But remember, Lacy had worked with his share of deep-hued horns, so Sinton's baritone works well in this framework, zigging and zagging during the revelation of "Cliches," using repeat minimalist phrases, particularly on "The Breath," or in sly, modal repeats exposing slow layers for "As Usual." There's a blues component here that cannot be denied or ignored, as the horn players smolder and simmer instead of shouting out. Extra credit goes to the support team of drummer Tomas Fujiwara and bassist Reuben Radding, players who develop their rhythms in such a subtle manner as to melt in the background, yet like shadows, you know they're always present. This second volume of Lacy's music for Ideal Bread is easy to enjoy even if you are not necessarily a creative music maven, but grabs your ears while gently giving them a twist." – Michael G. Nastos, All Music Guide
"Ideal Bread has done Lacy’s music a great service by showing its limitless possibilities. Let’s hope others will follow in their footsteps." – Ed Hazell, Point of Departure