I’ve been returning often to this lead-off track from a new Jeremy Udden album Three in Paris to be released by the Sunnyside label next month.

Saxophonist/composer Jeremy Udden is strongly influenced by the great saxophonist Steve Lacy whose tune ‘Who Needs It’ you can listen to above in a stirring sax/drums duo version that transports you back to a vivid freebop landscape that harnesses elements of bebop and free improvisation.

Udden studied under Lacy at the New England Conservatory and can be heard on the album with bassist Nicolas Moreaux and drummer John Betsch.