The sad part is the emotional toll it's taken over the years.
"Steve Lacy", born "Steven Norman Lackritz" in New York City, was a jazz saxophone/saxophonist and composer recognized as one of the important players of soprano saxophone. Coming to prominence in the 1950s as a progressive Dixieland music/Dixieland musician, Lacy went on to a long and prolific career. He worked extensively in experimental jazz and to a lesser extent in free improvisation, but Lacy's music was typically melodic and tightly-structured. Lacy also became a highly distinctive composer with a signature organic of style, with compositions often built out of little more than a single questioning phrase, repeated several times.
The music of Thelonious Monk became a permanent part of Lacy's repertoire after a stint in the pianist's band, with Monk's songs appearing on virtually every Lacy album and concert program; Lacy often partnered with trombonist Roswell Rudd in exploring Monk's work. Beyond Monk, Lacy performed the work of jazz composers such as Charles Mingus, Duke Ellington and Herbie Nichols; unlike many jazz musicians he rarely played standard popular or show tunes.If you enjoy these quotes, be sure to check out other famous musicians! More Steve Lacy on Wikipedia.
Right away, you felt the architecture of his music was very strong, so whatever you were going to put on top adornments or improvising you really had to know the material.