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Josh Sinton Interviews Josh Sinton (And Posts Rare Thelonious Monk)

L-R: Reuben Radding, Tomas Fujiwara, Josh Sinton and Kirk Knuffke are the band Ideal Bread. Bryan Murray hide caption

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L-R: Reuben Radding, Tomas Fujiwara, Josh Sinton and Kirk Knuffke are the band Ideal Bread.

Bryan Murray

Baritone saxophonist Josh Sinton has a quartet called Ideal Bread. It plays the compositions of soprano saxophonist Steve Lacy. It features no soprano saxophone. It does have a new, second album coming out Jun. 8, called Transmit. It is quite good.

In a "Selfinterview" he's posted on his own website, and cross-posted at Secret Society, Sinton talks about why and how he got caught up in this Steve Lacy racket:

You are quick to correct people when they call Ideal Bread a "tribute band." You insist that it is a "repertory band." What's the difference between these?

It's quite simple: To me, "tribute band" specifically connotes Steve Lacy the individual, whereas "repertory band" more clearly refers to Steve Lacy's art, his compositions.

But can you really separate the two? The artist from the art?

Well, I just did ...

And even if you're not interested in some dude talking to himself about Steve Lacy, you ought to click the link(s), because Sinton has also posted three tunes taped from a 1960 CBS radio broadcast of the Thelonious Monk Quintet with Steve Lacy. (And Charlie Rouse, John Ore, Roy Haynes.) You guys: It swings so dirty. [Darcy James Argue's Secret Society: The Breath of Life]

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Related At NPR Music: The Fresh Air Steve Lacy interview. The NPR Steve Lacy obituary. And a review of clarinetist Ben Goldberg's Steve Lacy record.