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Supernova: Live at the ICA, London 1977 Live


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  • Audio CD (18 Dec 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Resteamed
  • ASIN: B0012IXRR2
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 307,806 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This recording of a live concert at the ICA in London in 1977 is at last being released on Resteamed, the veteran jazz pianist Stan Tracey's own label. It features a live duo concert by two of the most distinguished pianists on the British jazz scene, Stan Tracey himself and, from another generation, the acclaimed improvisor, Keith Tippett.

Tracey had teamed up with Tippett in 1974 for a series of dates as duo, that was known as 'TNT'. They released one album under that name on Emanem Records, which was later reissued on Steam Records and, briefly, on Blue Note International. 'Supernova' presents another opportunity to experience the spontaneous creativity of two jazz greats.

Personnel: Stan Tracey (piano), Keith Tippett (piano)

Review

(4 stars) Captures Tracey and Tippett in fine form...each man shapes the performance of the other like partners in a dance. -- Jazzwise, (Duncan Heining), April 2008

(4 stars) There's an uncanny empathy...a vivid insight into the infrequent work of one of the great improvising partnerships. -- The Guardian, (John Fordham), February 29, 2008

(5 stars) The two pianists waft the listener into a timeless and richly personnel world of freely improvised harmony and discord. -- Financial Times, (Mike Hobart), February 23, 2008

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Moontrane TOP 500 REVIEWER on 9 Dec 2013
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'Supernova' is a remarkable but little-known piano duo album by Stan Tracey(1926-2013) & Keith Tippett(b.1947).
It was recorded live at the ICA, London in 1977 but didn't see the light of day until 2008.
The level of empathy between the two pianists is astonishing and the five cosmological titles are appropriate for this inspired and dazzling duo.
A record that should be heard by all Tracey or Tippett fans.
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The very thought of only two pianos, then to learn that this is allegedly totally improvised and unscripted would turn many listeners off instantly, BUT DON'T BE! It sounds like a recipe for disaster. Surely only the arrogant would do this in public!

Nothing could be further from reality.

This performance of a totally improvised concert at the ICA in 1977 wasn't released until 2008, and to my shame I only discovered it a few months ago. I am not sure that this is "jazz" as such but certainly works as a public performance of spontaneous improvisation with the two musicians "feeding off" each other. Only great musicians could produce a performance that holds the listeners attention so well; one is always waiting to see in which direction the music will go next. Each musician is listening intently to his partner; each stimulates the other.

Apparently Stan and Keith Tippett worked together infrequently, and when they did so it was a concert of this nature.

This is not self-indulgent music played for the musicians benefit; it is entertaining. It isn't "background, easy listening", it is a serious public concert given to a discerning public.

Fully deserves 5 star rating.
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