Prospectus (album)

Prospectus is a live album by soprano saxophonist Steve Lacy, which was recorded in France in 1982 and first released on the hat ART label in 1983 as a double LP.[1][2][3] The album was rereleased as a single CD with only five tracks in 1999 as Clichés.[4]

Live album by
RecordedNovember 1 & 2, 1982
VenueIRCAM Espace de Projection, Paris, France
Labelhat ART
hat ART 2001
ProducerPia Uehlinger, Werner X. Uehlinger
Steve Lacy chronology
The Flame
At the Bimhaus
Cliches Cover


Professional ratings
Review scores
All About Jazz[6]

The Allmusic review by Scott Yanow stated "Lacy offered an alternative way to play free jazz, contrasting sound and silence and taking thoughtful and often-scalar improvisations not absent of melody and lyricism, but still quite adventurous and unpredictable. This is one of many excellent recordings of Lacy's music".[5] Reviewing the CD reissue for All About Jazz Glenn Astarita said "Cliches is absolutely essential listening for fans of this brilliant soprano saxophonist-composer! ... the indications are that of a world class musician who along with his estimable bandmates present the jazz world with 63-minutes of music magic as Cliches is yet another noteworthy addition to Steve Lacy’s distinguished recorded legacy!".[6]

Track listing

All compositions by Steve Lacy

  1. "Stamps" – 6:50
  2. "Wickets" – 11:30
  3. "The Whammies" – 5:10
  4. "Prospectus" – 6:00 Omitted from single CD reissue
  5. "The Dumps (Take 1)" – 17:10
  6. "Cliches" – 22:40
  7. "The Dumps (Take 2)" – 15:35 Omitted from single CD reissue
  8. "Retreat" – 7:45 Omitted from single CD reissue


  • Steve Lacy – soprano saxophone, voice
  • George Lewis – trombone
  • Steve Potts – alto saxophone, soprano saxophone
  • Bobby Few – piano
  • Irene Aebi – cello, violin, voice
  • Jean-Jacques Avenel – bass
  • Oliver Johnson – percussion
  • Cyrille Few – percussion (track 6)
  • Sherry Margolin – percussion (track 6)


  1. Jazzlists: Steve Lacy discography accessed July 11, 2018
  2. Steve Lacy discography accessed July 11, 2018
  3. Jazzlists: HatHut hatART discography: LPs accessed July 11, 2018
  4. Discogs album entry accessed July 11, 2018
  5. Yanow, Scott. Steve Lacy: Prospectus – Review at AllMusic. Retrieved July 9, 2018.
  6. Astarita, G. All About Jazz Review accessed July 11, 2018
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