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Album Review

Stan Tracey Trio: The 1959 Sessions

Read "The 1959 Sessions" reviewed by Chris May


Sonny Rollins summed up the outsize talent of British pianist Stan Tracey in a remark he made sometime in the early 1960s. Tracey was then the house pianist at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club, where Rollins was playing a season. “Does anyone over here realise how good this guy is?" Rollins asked the audience. At the time, local jazz musicians were automatically regarded as inferior to Americans by many British jazz fans. Not all American tenor saxophonists were ...

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Extended Analysis

Stan Tracey: The Flying Pig

Read "Stan Tracey: The Flying Pig" reviewed by Phil Barnes


As premises for an entertaining listen go the idea of a jazz record inspired by the First World War is not the easiest sell, even for a musician as respected as the late Stan Tracey. Yet on this fantastic collection, his final release prior to his December 2013 death, Tracey has somehow managed to pull it off by shifting his creative focus from the horrors of the Great War to the indefatigable spirit and humour of the soldiers caught up ...

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Album Review

Stan Tracey: The Flying Pig

Read "The Flying Pig" reviewed by Duncan Heining


Stan Tracey is one of the most highly regarded British jazz musicians of any era. Doesn't matter who you speak to--fans, critics or fellow musicians such as Guy Barker, John Surman, Evan Parker or Keith Tippett--Tracey's story is, in many ways, the history of post-war British jazz. This new CD, Flying Pig, is more than a reminder of his abilities. Like its predecessor, A Child's Christmas from 2011, it ranks alongside the pianist's best work. Tracey will be ...

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Live Review

London Jazz Festival 2013

Read "London Jazz Festival 2013" reviewed by Duncan Heining


Enrico Pieranunzi, Julie Sassoon and Stan Tracey--Pianos on the Edge London Jazz Festival November 15-24, 2014 The Bishopsgate Institute in the City of London, a few blocks from the Bank of England, might seem an odd place for a jazz gig but--under the auspices of the Vortex Jazz Club in Dalston--stranger things do happen. On this opening night of 2013's EFG London Jazz Festival, this double bill of the Enrico Pieranunzi Trio and Julie Sassoon ...

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London Calling

London Jazz Festival Preview: November 10th to 19th

Read "London Jazz Festival Preview: November 10th to 19th" reviewed by John Eyles


Now that autumn is here, the London Jazz Festival can't be far behind. This year, the LJF runs from Friday 10th November until Sunday 19th November. In those ten days, the festival will include its usual mix of jazz superstars and legends, rising stars, crowd pleasers, cult heroes, great freebies, plus--with nearly twenty gigs on some days--a large slice of frustration that one cannot be in two (or more) places at once. Birthday celebrations abound this year--Dave Holland's 60th, Mike ...

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Profile

Stan Tracey: True-Grit Brit

Read "Stan Tracey: True-Grit Brit" reviewed by AAJ Staff


By Jack Massarik In London he's known as the patriarch of jazz piano, the godfather of British modern jazz and similar epithets that you earn only by being a significant player for a very long period of time. Stan Tracey first hit New York in 1951, when he took a dance-band gig on an ocean liner in order to hear Charlie Parker. This month he brings his music proudly back to the city which inspired it, but ...

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Interview

Stan Tracey Interview

Read "Stan Tracey Interview" reviewed by John Eyles


Often referred to as the Godfather of British jazz, Stan Tracey has had an illustrious career in music spanning over sixty years. Despite his status, Tracey is surprisingly modest, even self deprecating about his achievements, happy to leave it to others to analyse and praise his work. He recently released an album of free playing in a duo with Louis Moholo-Moholo, entitled Khumbula (Remember). I started by asking him about this.AAJ: You and Louis had not played together ...


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