No doubt Steve Lacy possesses laudable chops in concert with a sweet, ringing tone. His Thelonious Monk influences have shaped his rather storied musical career, which is an ideology evidenced here on We See, Thelonious Monk Songbook. Naturally, Lacy's enactment of meter, depth, and space signify aspects of his Monk-based preferences and stylizations. Essentially, this a relatively straightforward set consisting of moderate to up-tempo swing vamps, accelerated by the saxophonist's gleaming choruses and Monk-like permutations. Lacy and associates perform these works with a deeply personalized and undeniably buoyant demeanor. A minor shift in strategy, however, resides within Lacy's collaboration with vibist Sonhando Estwick and trumpeter Hans Kennel. With that, the sextet pursues sequential soloing opportunities as this effort shines forth with the qualities that might parallel the birth of a sun-drenched summer's day. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.