Thursday, January 12, 2017

Steve Marcus - 1969 - The Lord's Prayer

Steve Marcus 
The Lord's Prayer

01. Hey Jude (Part 1&2) 8:23
02. Amy 7:57
03. Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues 1:02
04. T. With Strings 2:06
05. Wild Thing 2:23
06. Hope 10:45
07. America 0:35
08. The Lord's Prayer 4:42

Bass – Ed Xiques, Miroslav Vitous
Drums – Bob Moses
Drums, vocals – Larry Clark
Piano, Electric Piano – Herbie Hancock
enor Saxophone – Tom Zimmermann
Tenor Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Guitar – Steve Marcus
Trombone – Dave Gale (tracks: A1)
Trumpet – Jack Gale (tracks: A1)

Producer – Herbie Mann

Hey Jude, Amy, T. With Strings & Hope were recorded at Apostolic Recording Studios, New York.
All other selections in this album were recorded at Atlantic Recording Studios, New York.

Steve Marcus, 66, Saxophonist Who Blended Jazz and Rock, Dies

Steve Marcus, a jazz saxophonist who was an early exponent of the style that came to be known as fusion, died on Sunday at his home in New Hope, Pa. He was 66.

His death was announced by his family, which did not specify the cause.

A graduate of the Berklee School of Music in Boston, Mr. Marcus, who played tenor and soprano saxophones, had worked with Stan Kenton, Woody Herman and Herbie Mann by the time he recorded his first album as a leader in 1968. "Tomorrow Never Knows," produced by Mann, was not the typical journeyman jazzman's maiden effort.

With a supporting cast that included the rock-influenced electric guitarist Larry Coryell and a repertory that included the Byrds' hit "Eight Miles High" and the Beatles song that gave the album its title, it was one of the first attempts by a jazz musician to find common ground with the growing phenomenon of psychedelic rock. It was dismissed by some as a sellout but applauded by others as an adventurous blend of the new rock and the avant-garde jazz of John Coltrane. Two albums in a similar vein, "Count's Rock Band" and "The Lord's Prayer," also produced by Mann, followed in 1969.

Mr. Marcus's synthesis of jazz and rock anticipated a movement, eventually christened fusion, that would come to be identified with Miles Davis and other well-known names. But he himself had limited success as a bandleader. In 1975, after two short-lived attempts at leading his own group, he returned to straight-ahead jazz and joined the big band led by the drummer Buddy Rich.

He was a featured soloist until Rich died in 1987, and he remained identified with Rich for the rest of his life -- briefly as the musical director of a memorial big band and in recent years as a member of Buddy's Buddies, a quintet led by the drummer Steve Smith that plays Rich's music.



  2. His work as part of Larry Coryell's band in the early 70s certainly deserves mentioning (to me the highlight of his career). Playing on albums like "Barefoot Boy", "Offering" and "The real Great Escape". Classic albeit somewhat underrated fusion.