The Flame (Steve Lacy album)

The Flame is an album by Steve Lacy which was released on the Italian Soul Note label featuring four of Lacy's compositions and one by Bobby Few performed by Lacy, Bobby Few and Dennis Charles.[1][2][3]

The Flame
Studio album by
RecordedJanuary 18–19, 1982
LabelSoul Note
ProducerGiovanni Bonandrini
Steve Lacy chronology
Live at Dreher, Paris 1981
The Flame


The Allmusic review by Scott Yanow awarded the album 4½ stars stating "This adventurous music, with only a quartet [sic], falls along the lines of other brilliant efforts by the leader. On four Lacy originals and one by Few, the musicians tackle circular thematic group improvisations that are never aimless. By exploiting impressive technique and (just as importantly) open ears, the players constantly respond to each other and come up with fresh ideas. An intriguing set, worth the search."[4]

Professional ratings
Review scores
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide[5]

Track listing

  1. "The Match" - 9:49
  2. "Wet Spot" (Bobby Few) - 4:27
  3. "Gusts" - 7:35
  4. "Licks" - 8:16
  5. "The Flame" - 13:11
All compositions by Steve Lacy except as indicated
  • Recorded at Barigozzi Studio, Milan, Italy on January 18–19, 1982



  1. Jazzlists: Steve Lacy discography accessed July 11, 2018
  2. Steve Lacy discography accessed July 11, 2018
  3. Soul Note Records main series discography accessed July 11, 2018
  4. Yanow, S. Allmusic Review accessed June 23, 2011
  5. Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 120. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.
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