STEIG’S FLUTE HEARD WITH BACKUP BAND
THE NEW YORK TIMES, SUNDAY, MAY 16, 1971
by Mike Jahn (submitted by Tim Martin)
Jeremy Steig has been playing in relative obscurity long enough now, so that recognition is not only possible but necessary.
Mr. Steig, the jazz and rock flutist, is playing with a fine backup band this week at the Gaslight, 152 Bleecker Street, and the public has a good excuse to recognize him.
Mr. Steig’s music is probably best called rock jazz. He blows sweet, short phrases with a lot of breath and moaning, and lays it over a heavy, thundering backup provided by Tommy Bolin, guitar; Kenny Passarelli, bass; and Marty Morell, drums.
There are no sidemen in this band, only partners. The guitar is never sedate, but follows Mr. Steig about, following his jabbing with a muscular clout. This strikes as one of the better rock jazz moments heard in some time, neither too soft nor too hard, a kind of pleasantly aggressive middle.
Jeremy Steig is at the Gaslight every night except Tuesday, until the 24th, on a bill with the Tony Williams Lifetime. This drummer-centered jazz band is now expanded from a quartet to a sextet. The group is more diverse musically, more flowing than previously and, if Mr. Williams would just move the mics slightly away from the cymbals, of reasonable volume.
ARCHIVES NOTE: The 152 Bleecker Street address housed the Cafe Au Go Go until early 1971, when it closed. The Gaslight, which was originally on MacDougal Street, took the address at 152 Bleecker Street and became known as the Gaslight at the Au Go Go. (Thanks to Andrew for supplying this fact.)