Evidence (Steve Lacy album)

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Studio album by Steve Lacy
Released 1962
Recorded November 1, 1961
Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ
Genre Jazz
Length 33:10
Label New Jazz
Producer Esmond Edwards
Steve Lacy chronology
The Straight Horn of Steve Lacy

Evidence is the fourth album by Steve Lacy and was released on the New Jazz label in 1962. It features performances of four tunes written by Thelonious Monk and two from Duke Ellington by Lacy, Don Cherry, Carl Brown and Billy Higgins.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Down Beat5/5 stars[1]
Allmusic4/5 stars[2]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide5/5 stars[3]


The Allmusic review by Al Campbell awarded the album 4 stars, stating: "Soprano saxophonist Steve Lacy continued his early exploration of Thelonious Monk's compositions on this 1961 Prestige date, Evidence. Lacy worked extensively with Monk, absorbing the pianist's intricate music and adding his individualist soprano saxophone mark to it. On this date, he employs the equally impressive Don Cherry on trumpet, who was playing with the Ornette Coleman quartet at the time, drummer Billy Higgins, who played with both Coleman and Monk, and bassist Carl Brown. Cherry proved capable of playing outside the jagged lines he formulated with Coleman, being just as complimentary and exciting in Monk's arena with Lacy. Out of the six tracks, four are Monk's compositions while the remaining are lesser known Ellington numbers: 'The Mystery Song' and 'Something to Live For' (co-written with Billy Strayhorn)."[2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "The Mystery Song" (Ellington, Mills) - 5:30
  2. "Evidence" (Monk) - 5:00
  3. "Let's Cool One" (Monk) - 6:35
  4. "San Francisco Holiday" (Monk) - 5:15
  5. "Something To Live For" (Ellington, Strayhorn) - 5:50
  6. "Who Knows" (Monk) - 5:20



  1. ^ Down Beat:December 6, 1962 Vol. 29, No.30
  2. ^ a b Campbell, A. Allmusic Review Archived July 16, 2013, at the Wayback Machine., accessed June 22, 2011.
  3. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 122. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.