Personnel: Jim Ridl, piano; Gerald "Twig" Smith, guitar; Mike Boone or Doug Kirschner, bass; Al Jackson or Milton McLauren, drums.
"Am I Blue" / "In a Sentimental Mood" / "Contrapuntal" / "Lacy" / "Cherry" / "Our Love Was Meant to Be" / "Not For Me" / "Chicken Wings Jackson" / "The H&H" / "I Guess I'll Try Once More" / "Right Side Up" / "The Gifts of Life"
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What the critics say:
"'The Gifts of Life' is Bill Lacy's aptly titled debut recortding.
Accompanied by a septet comprised of players from the Philadelphia-New York corridor...three pieces from the Great American Songbook. The remainder are all Bill Lacy originals. Beginning in a slow and polished style, Lacy performs 'Am I Blue' and 'In A Sentimental Mood' as a ballad introduction and adds an uptempo version of Don Redman's 'Cherry' before turning to his favorites. The mood pieces, like 'Our Love Was Meant To Be' and 'I Guess I'll Try Once More,' are attractive, while 'Chicken Wings Jackson' (named for drummer Al Jackson) and 'The H & H' provide a bebop flair. Bill Lacy ends with the title tune, which has a certain similarity to the Michel Legrand movie theme 'Little Boy Lost.'"
- All About Jazz (NY)
"Sometimes the sweetest things are the ones you have to wait longest for. That is certainly the case with elder trumpeter Bill Lacy..."
- Trenton Times