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The Return of Captain Adventure

Stan Tracey Quartet Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (18 Dec 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Ten To Ten
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 320,087 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Friday The 31st
2. They’ll Call Us
3. Doin’ It For Art
4. Afro Charlie Meets The White Rabbit
5. See Meenah This
Disc: 2
1. Tease’n’Freeze
2. Lover Man
3. Constant Pud
4. Captain Adventure
5. Twas Ever Thus
6. Blues, Encore Blues

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The recording gives us the chance to hear what was, as John Fordham noted, one of the great Stan Tracey line-ups; the quartet featuring Art Themen, Dave Green and Bryan Spring. Like Duke Ellington and Thelonious Monk, the two names to which his music is constantly appended, Tracey has always had an uncanny gift for finding just the right musical accomplices and in Themen, Green and Spring he had a band of formidable creativity and equal dependability, perhaps itself the perfect recipe for a working jazz group.


...has long needed to be restored to a wider audience. -- Simon Spillett

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Stan Tracey Experience! 5 May 2006
This is a great double CD of a single show. It catches one of Stan's great Quartets playing at the peak of their game. Each member of the band is allowed space to improvise and solo. Even the notoriously difficult drum and bass solos are just excellent here, there is no breaking down and starting up again somewhere else, just flowing creative improvised jazz at its best.

Stan Tracey is a total jazz musician, he lives and breaths the music, his playing is so brilliant and natural that he can hold his own in comparison to the best. The lazy short -hand of calling his the English Monk in no way comes close to understanding the complexity of his influences and playing or the contribution he has made to jazz in UK. Stan Tracey has produced wonderful body of excellent work over the years. It is the subject of some bewilderment to me that he is not more widely recognised as a national hero and that so few of his albums are currently available on CD.

If you call yourself a jazz fan you must buy this today!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Melodic, emotional music - pure genius 11 Nov 2006
This re-issue of a live set from 1975 now has 11 tracks on two CDs instead of the original four on one LP.

It's very well-recorded. There is some crowd noise and applause, but the music quality is like a studio recording.

The group is a quartet, with Stan on piano, Art Themen on sax, Dave Green on double bass and Bryan Spring on drums.

I've given this album five stars because of just two brilliant tracks - the remaining nine tracks are okay, but I treat them as background music.

The two tracks I adore are See Meenah (15 mins) and Doin' It For Art (8 mins).

The latter is just gorgeous, melodic, emotional, sax-oriented music - almost enough to make me cry. I don't listen to enough jazz to class myself as a jazz fan, but I love this track more than any other pop, rock, classical or jazz music I've ever come across, so that's why I wrote this review. Listen to it. Buy it. It's lovely.

[The next one I want re-released on CD is South East Assignment from 1980 - all five tracks are brilliant. Hurry up and release it, please.]
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