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Stan Tracey

Stan Tracey is an outstanding figure in the jazz world. His distinguished career has spanned five decades of flourishing creativity. He has been a highly influential and stimulating musical voice, not only to his peers but to each successive generation of musicians with whom he has worked.

Stan’s capricious piano playing combines the percussive melody of Thelonious Monk with the robust lyricism of Ellington in a highly idiosyncratic style. A master of harmony, he possesses a potent and compelling improviser’s intellect. Through Stan Tracey’s unflinching commitment and dedication has emerged a very rare artist who has sustained an output of highly exceptional music throughout his career.

A self-taught musician, Stan played his first professional engagement aged sixteen. The unlikely start of such a prestigious career saw him working for the forces entertainment network ENSA. However he quickly became involved in the lively emerging London jazz scene of the 1950s, playing in the bands of Laurie Morgan, Kenny Baker, Ronnie Scott and Tony Crombie.

From 1957-9 he played piano and vibraphone and arranged for the Ted Heath Orchestra. As house pianist at Ronnie Scott’s club from 1961 to 1967 Stan played with many of the most important figures in jazz history including Ben Webster, Roland Kirk, Wes Montgomery, Stan Getz, Zoot Sims and Sonny Rollins. His stature at that time is illustrated by his collaboration with Sonny Rollins which produced some of the most creative music of both musicians’ careers.

Soho Scene '66 and '67: Jazz Goes Mod

Label: Rhythm & Blues Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: 1. Humphrey Lyttelton: The Men From Auntie; 2. Ian Hamer: What's Her Name?; 3. Mike Carr Trio: Cox's Pippin; 4. Tubby Hayes Quartet: Change of Setting; 5. Gordon Beck: Virgo; 6. The Don Rendell / Ian Carr Quintet: Tootin' And Flutin'; 7. Ronnie Scott: Treat It Lightly; 8. Stan Tracey Quartet: Pig and Pepper; 9. Michael Garrick: Shiva; 10. Les Condon: Freedom Monday; 11. John Surman Quartet: Blues Da Camera; 12. Alex Welsh: Bluesology; 13. Johnny Scott And His Orchestra: Punjab; 14. Danny Moss: Dear Old Stockholm; 15. Ronnie Ross: Ugetsu; 16. Kenny Clare, Ronnie Stephenson: Afro-Charlie; 17. Neil Ardley: Big P; 18. Sonny Rollins: Themes From Alfie; 19. Freddie McCoy: Lonely Avenue; 20. Jimmy Coe: Cold Jam for Breakfast; 21. Charlie Earland Trio: The Dozens; 22. Pucho: What A Piece; 23. Jimmy Tillman: Vampire; 24. Les McCann Ltd.: Bat Man; 25. Gabor Szabo: Mizrab; 26. Milt Jackson: A Time And A Place; 27. Merl Saunders: Soul Roach; 28. Prince Lasha Ensemble: Nuttin' Out Jones; 29. Hugh Masekela: Unhlanhla; 30. Richard "Groove" Holmes: Boo-D-Doo; 31. The Three Sounds: Mohair Sam; 32. Birds Of Paradise: Bossa Blue Port; 33. Freddie Roach: One Track Mind; 34. Jimmy McGriff: Hallelujah; 35. Sarah Cantine: Feeling Good; 36. Eric Kloss: Just For Fun-K; 37. Ken Jensen Quartet: Captain Jack; 38. Gene Ludwig: Soul Mountain; 39. Milt Sealey Trio: Black Diamond; 40. Kenny Rankin: In The Name Of Love; 41. The Harry South Big Band: Limited Freedom; 42. Carmen McRae: Got To Get You Into My Life; 43. The Mike Carr Quartet: Nico's Dream; 44. Tubby Hayes Quartet: Finky Minky; 45. Joe Harriott Quintet: Strollin' South; 46. Tony Coe: Baby Blue; 47. The Stan Tracey Big Band: Murdering The Time; 48. The Johnny Scott Quintet: It's For You; 49. The Dave Lee Quintet: Time Check; 50. Dudley Moore Trio: Rupert's Romp; 51. Dick Morrissey Quartet: Le Roi; 52. Georgie Fame Quartet: Serves Me Right To Suffer; 53. The Mike Carr Quartet: Bells Blues; 54. Ike Isaacs: Sad September; 55. Eric Delaney: Blues March Eric Delaney & Louie Bellson; 56. Humphrey Lyttelton: Blue Monk; 57. Johnny Hawksworth: Listen To Music; 58. Stan Tracey Quartet: Everywhere Derriere; 59. Curtis Amy: Mustang; 60. Young Holt Unlimited: Yon Gimmie Thum; 61. Johnny Lytle Quintet: ‎Gonna Get That Boat; 62. Fred Ramirez: Comin' Home Baby; 63. Jerome Richardson: Sunny; 64. Les McCann: Bucket O' Grease; 65. The Jimmy Owens - Kenny Barron Quintet: You Had Better Listen; 66. Bubbha Thomas & The Lightmen Plus One: Luke; 67. Chico O'Farrill And His Orchestra: Hip Hug Her; 68. Byrdie Green: In The Dark; 69. Cash McCall: You Ain’t Too Cool; 70. Hank Jacobs: East Side; 71. Johnny Hammond: Dirty Apple; 72. Latin Jazz Quintet: Daria; 73. Freddie McCoy: Peas 'n' Rice; 74. Lionel Hampton: Greasy Greens; 75. Harold Johnson Sextet: Sorry Bout That; 76. Ray Pettis: 2 Step; 77. Odell Brown & The Organ-Izers: Quiet Village; 78. The Soul Society: The Sidewinder.

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Alan Wakeman: The Octet Broadcasts 1969 and 1979

Read "The Octet Broadcasts 1969 and 1979" reviewed by Chris May

Despite a perception fostered by the more breathless media coverage given to the young lions who have emerged on the London scene since the mid 2010s, an identifiably British strand of jazz did not kick off when Shabaka Hutchings' Sons Of Kemet released its debut album in 2013. The groundwork was laid back in the 1950s ...

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Keith Tippett: 100 Best Foots Forward

Read "Keith Tippett: 100 Best Foots Forward" reviewed by Duncan Heining

From the Albert Hall at twenty-two with a fifty-piece band to picking potatoes to make ends meet a decade later, Keith Tippett's life in music could sum up many a jazz career. After a grim '80s, things now look better for the composer, pianist and bandleader. “What I'm about to say is ridiculous but it was ...

ARTICLE: PROFILE

Keith Tippett: R.I.P.

Read "Keith Tippett: R.I.P." reviewed by Duncan Heining

Keith Tippett's death on Sunday, 14th June 2020 robbed British and European music of one of its finest talents. The death on any musician of even minor significance often leads many critics reaching for the Thesaurus and tripping over their adjectives in a head-rush of hyperbole. In Keith's case, the simple phrase--"one of music's finest talents"--cuts ...

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Portrait Of Cannonball Adderley:  Award-Winning Saxophonist Tony Kofi Readies  “Another Kind Of Soul” For April 24th Release

BBC and Parliamentary Jazz Awards winner Tony Kofi will release Another Kind of Soul 24th April on The Last Music Company label. The album, recorded live at Luton’s Bear Club in 2019 by Paul Riley, also features Andy Davies on trumpet, pianist Alex Webb, bassist Andrew Cleyndert and Alfonso Vitale on drums. The session traces the ...

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Pete Brown: White Rooms & Imaginary Westerns, Part 1

Read "Pete Brown: White Rooms & Imaginary Westerns, Part 1" reviewed by Duncan Heining

Part 1 | Part 2 Poet, lyricist, rock musician, producer and scriptwriter—Pete Brown has covered a lot of bases in his six decades in music and literature. His career embodies that era that began with the Beatles' “Love Me Do" in October 1962 and ended in January 1969 with the band playing live on ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Nick Weldon: Eleven Flames

Read "Eleven Flames" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Nick Weldon is best known as a pianist and in that context has accompanied some of the biggest names in jazz including Sonny Stitt, Johnny Griffin and Jimmy Witherspoon. However on this album he plays bass. He's had classical training on the instrument and in addition to jazz dates, he continues to play in orchestras. But ...

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Evan Parker and Paul G. Smyth on Weekertoft

Read "Evan Parker and Paul G. Smyth on Weekertoft" reviewed by John Eyles

In 2016, English guitarist John Russell and Irish pianist Paul G. Smyth set up the independent Weekertoft label to release music they had been involved in, including recordings made at Russell's longstanding monthly Mopomoso concert series or annual Fete Quaqua festival. As the label reached its third anniversary, its catalogue was dominated by two large sets--the ...

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Poetry and Jazz: A Chronology

Read "Poetry and Jazz: A Chronology" reviewed by Duncan Heining

My intention here is to offer a detailed but inevitably incomplete chronology of poetry and jazz. The focus is solely on the combination of the two art forms in performance, not on poetry about jazz or jazz musicians or poetry inspired by jazz but not performed to music. My definition of 'poetry' is fairly broad and ...


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