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  • Audio CD (12 April 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: ReSteamed
  • ASIN: B00355C6VI
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 241,301 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This recording by pianist Stan Tracey, the 'Godfather of British Jazz', features two suites performed by the latest line-up of his octet As well as his regular trio, the octet includes leading UK jazz musicians Guy Barker, Mornington Lockett, Simon Allen and Mark Nightingale.

Pianist Stan Tracey, known as the 'Godfather of British Jazz', is an outstanding figure in the jazz world. His distinguished career has spanned six decades and he has had many commissions to write works for special occasions including the two for his octet on this double CD.

'The Later Works' features the octet's latest line-up of his regular trio plus leading UK jazz musicians including Guy Barker, Mornington Lockett, Simon Allen and Mark Nightingale.

The Hong Kong Suite (disc one) was commissioned by Christopher Patten, to mark the British handover of Hong Kong back to China in 1997 and The Amandla Suite (disc two), slightly less glamorous perhaps, was commissioned in 1993 by NALGO on its merger with other trade unions, becoming UNISON.

Personnel: Stan Tracey (piano), Sammy Mayne (alto saxophone), Simon Allen (tenor saxophone), Mornington Lockett (tenor and soprano saxophone), Guy Barker (trumpet), Mark Nightingale (trombone), Andrew Cleyndert (bass), Clark Tracey (drums)

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(4 stars) Richly coloured jazz-horn harmonies Duke Ellington would have been proud to have inspired...quality improvisers illuminate the solo sections. -- The Guardian, (John Fordham), May 21, 2010

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By J. D. Naylor TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 24 April 2010
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Another excellent piece of work from the evergreen stan Tracey.This double CD set presents two suites of music - the "Hong Kong suite" which was commissioned by former British Governer Chris Patten in 1997 and the "Amandla suite" which was commissioned in 1993.Both have been performed live but this is the first time on CD.
I am often wary about buying albums that are "suites" of music as sometimes the musicians can over indulge themselves with rather cerebral concepts that don't always engage the listener.That does not apply to Stan Tracey though. Here he has produced two pieces of creative but always hard swinging jazz definitely with the listener in mind. The "Amandla suite" is the pick of the two with some better compositions of which the soloists really rise to the occasion.The star soloist of the album is,for me, Sammy Mayne on alto saxophone.He has an aggressive hard edge to his tone one minute and then beautiful lyricism the next.Mornington Lockett is a close second displaying that hard driving fluency that has made him one of the best tenor players in Europe.Despite my praise of the aforementioned all the other soloists aquit themselves very well.
For those of you expecting many of those famous Tracey solos full of jagged spikeyness will be slightly disappointed as he takes only two or three brief solos throughout the two suites.But on the positive side he is letting those wonderful horn players take center stage which is fine by me.
The sound quality is excellent and with each five part suite weighing in at well over fifty minutes each there is certainly excellent value for money.
Buy and enjoy the best of British jazz.
Keep on rolling stan !
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