The Quartet is led by Josh Sinton (baritone saxophone) and features Kirk Knuffke (trumpet), Richard Giddens (bass), and Tomas Fujiwara (drums).
“Like a baker makes his bread, I make music...I”, Steve Lacy said in 1976. “If I make the same bread tomorrow, that bores me...I have to remake it, I have to do better...I’m always looking for...the ideal bread.”
Josh Sinton studied two years with Lacy at the New England Conservatory until his death in 2004. Upon moving to New York, he would bring Lacy’s music to many of his introductory jam sessions. “Not many people were playing Lacy’s pieces in New York at that time,” states Sinton. “Really, it had to do with the paucity of scores, and that no one was transcribing what didn’t exist in score.” Sinton proceeded to do just that, amassing a formidable library of transcriptions from which Ideal Bread draws inspiration.
The music is a continual source of challenge and inspiration to the ensemble; they adhere to Lacy’s unique vision of "the ideal bread", while giving each composition new life with their unique approach.
The Wire calls the band’s second and most recent recording Transmit (Cuneiform), “an exacting yet refreshingly unfussy homage to Lacy’s work, and a snapshot of four versatile, highly sympathetic improvisers in their prime.”
“The Ideal Bread lays down a serious marker for the posthumous evolution of Steve Lacy’s music,” says Point of Departure.