Avid must be just about the best reissue label in the UK at the moment -= double well-filled CD sets at a bargain price.
Even if you have the three albums previously reissued on Jasmine a decade ago (Little Klunk and Showcase from 1958/59 and Jazz Inc under Tony Crombie's name from 1960), any serious collector of Stan Tracey's work will need this set because it includes previously unrelaeased broadcast material featuring Tubby Hayes and some fairly recent tracks fveaturing American guitarist Jon Wheatley.
It is gratifying that so much of Stan's back catalogue is readilly available now, and these previously unreleased gems provide an extra incentive to get hold of these earlyish examples of Stan's work (Klunk and Showcase were the first records issued under his own name, made during an unhappy stay in the Ted Heath Orchestra). As if this wasn't enough, there are two tracks with Stan as sideman in 1955 in a quintet featuring Vic Ash on clarinet, still happily playing in his 80s, and the late Harry Klein one of the few great baritonists in the UK in the 50s and 60s. Harry had a unique style, totally removed from the Mulligan influence, unlike mosty other bari players of the day. These come from a rare Columbia EP, issued under Harry's name with the unimaginative tiotle "Baritone Sax". Avid are very generous to offer so much for so little money. Buy it now before it gets deleted
Andy Cleyndert and Stan himself have also been responsible for making Stan's older works available again (as well as examples of the now eighty-something Stan's latest work. What we need now are reissues of his solo "In Person" EMI Lp of 1967, and I would appreciate a reissue of his 1969 "Latin American Caper" EMI disc. Both were produced by Denis Preston and perhaps Stan, Andy, or Vocalion would oblige?