Tracey, the Godfather of British Jazz is an outstanding
figure in the jazz world. His distinguished career has spanned six
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, Stan Tracey has been a prolific composer, writing over twenty commissions and the music for forty of his own albums. His first major work ‘Under Milk Wood’ inspired by Dylan Thomas’ radio play of the same title, is widely recognised as a masterpiece. A number of suites for big bands have followed, as well as works for his octet, sextet, and quartet.
Stan Tracey has recorded three trio albums on Trio Records, quartet albums with Guy Barker and Peter King, a collaboration with the great UK jazz singer Norma Winstone and saxophonist Bobby Wellins and a re-recording of Under Milk Wood narrated by Philip Madoc
The Stan Tracey Trio playing 'live' in Leighton Buzzard