Since a lot of people haven’t heard Steve Lacy, here’s a youtube video of the Steve Lacy 4 (Steve Potts on alto and Jean-Jacques Avenel on bass; I think it’s John Betsch on drums). Two things about Lacy that this really brings out nicely: first, I think his is the best sound on soprano sax in all of jazz, and second I think he plays remarkably un-cliched solos. The sax sound thing is a sax-player-geek thing, but so be it. As a player (of minimal skill), I listen to the sound of the horn as much as the content of the melodies, etc. Lacy’s sound is really distinctive and I think it’s eminently listenable.
Also a nice example of Lacy’s writing, the tune, “Prospectus,” is sweet and shows his interest in counterpoint.