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Tracey/Wellins Play Monk Live

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  • Audio CD (31 Dec 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Resteamed
  • ASIN: B000TGC7AG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 82,186 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I Mean You
2. Locomotive
3. Well You Needn't
4. 'Round Midnight
5. Blues Bolivar
6. Monk's Mood
7. Let's Cool One
8. Bright Mississippi

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Tenor saxophonist Bobby Wellins and the veteran pianist Stan Tracey have had a close relationship, going back to the time in 1965 when Wellins took the saxophone role in Tracey's classic recording, Under Milk Wood. More than 40 years later they were reunited at one of their favourite venues, the Bull's Head in Barnes for this live quartet recording.

The programme is dedicated to the music of Thelonious Monk who has always been one of Tracey's great influences. And incredibly, this album marks their first collaborative effort that concentrates exclusively on Monk's work, including classic compositions such as Well You Needn't, 'Round Midnight and Monk's Mood.

Personnel: Stan Tracey (piano), Bobby Wellins (tenor saxophone), Andrew Cleyndert (bass), Clark Tracey (drums)


Shows just how attuned to Monk's wayward thinking Tracey and Wellins are - but also how distinctively they remake him. -- The Guardian, (John Fordham), August 31, 2007

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mr. P. Noakes on 4 Nov 2008
I have a terrible confession to make. All my life jazz has been my music, but, God forgive me, in my early days everything that was great about jazz came from over the pond, and although seeing various British groups live from time to time, I never became enthusiastic about their music. As I say, a terrible fault - but not so bad as discovering Parker only after he had died. What I mean is that the players on this date are still around, thank God, and there are plenty of CDs to catch up on, and later this month I'm going to go see Stan Tracey. This CD ranks among the very best of jazz from anywhere. At the moment, possibly because it's all unbelievably new to me, I think it's the best jazz CD ever, including Miles's work, Parker's, Mingus, Ellington, Monk himself - the lot. Silly thing to say, I know, but at the moment I am so in love with this set. Jazz is serious and jazz is fun, and all kinds of other stuff too, but the element of fun is great in jazz, and I believe so many of the greatest never quite manage to let us know that. It doesn't detract from the output of great players, but when you can feel it bumping along with everything else, it is indeed wonderful - Getz at the Shrine is like that. Sure, many other sets as well. Well the feeling of fun - what I really mean is total enjoyment - yes, that's a better way of putting it - that the players here are enjoying themselves playing Monk is so evident - blisteringly evident. It's alight, and it'll catch you afire too if you love jazz and set this one spinning on your player. The solos of Tracey have shattered me - in the most enjoyable and unbelievable way.Read more ›
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Geoff on 28 Feb 2008
This is the Stan Tracey disc many of us were waiting for; a whole CD of the eccentric piano of Tracey playing the knotty tunes of Monk. With the added attraction of the great Bobby Wellins on sax it doesn't get any better than this! Every track is a gem but the typically unsettled solo account of 'Round Midnight alone is worth the price of the disc.

It's hard to believe that Tracey was just about to turn 80 and Wellins was 70 when this was recorded in 2006, such is their confidence and mastery. Both are unique players with an instantly recognisable sound which seems to become more marked as they get older, and no recording displays their talent and character better than this one.

The consistently high quality of the music making and the interaction between the all the band members (Clark Tracey on drums and Andy Cleyndert on bass are also outstanding) make this CD an unusually stimulating and absorbing listen, even by the high standards of other recent Stan Tracey discs.

Buy it before it goes out of print!
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Numinous Ugo on 12 Oct 2007
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This band is peerless. Clearly Stan and Bobby have a long history having produced, what is still, the best British jazz album ever, Under Milk Wood back in the mid 60s. Clark Tracey has long since proved he is more than worthy to be in his illustrious father band and Andrew Cleydert is a wonderfully alert and sympathetic bass player who has also been in various Stan Tracey bands. When they toured with the afore mentioned Under Milk Wood, with Phillip Madoc narrating, I did not have that piece on CD and having limited funds at the time elected to buy the original, which is fantastic but I am now frustrated that that album is still easily available whereas the version with Madoc's narration was only available for a very short time.

So to this album, what can I say? The beauty of Monks music is that Monk himself made many different recordings of all his compositions but, unlike many other composers and performers he brought fresh life to each tune every time he played or recorded it. So that I can go through my large collection of Monk albums and find the same tunes on several albums but it in no way feels like duplication.

Tracey cites Monk and Ellington as key influences on his playing and compositional style and it is well illustrated here. The partnership with Wellins is just perfect; they have a telepathic connection which only occurs between the giants of jazz and very few in British jazz. The only comparable pairing I can think of this side of the Atlantic was Joe Harriott and Shake Keane. Tracey and Wellins are, however, right up there with Coltrane and Davis or Gillespie and Parker.

There is certainly no band on the current jazz scene quite as good as this anywhere.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Bawden jazz fan on 10 May 2014
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Although recorded in 2006, I have only just come across this little gem of a CD. Stan was eighty years old, and Bobby some ten years younger. Of course these two musicians have been occasional colleagues since the ground-breaking album "Under Milk Wood" which was recorded in 1965. The empathy that these two men had forty years earlier is still here, and Bobby's tone very similar to that on U.M.W. There is immaculate support from Stan's son, Clark and bass player Andy Clyndert. Of course Stan, Clark and Andy are a regular trio.

Stan has always had great empathy with Monk's music and he has recorded occasional tracks before. Stan's style seems to be heavily influenced by Monk and Ellington (I said influenced, not a copy of). Every one of the eight tracks is a pearl. The selection of music is varied, and to my mind near perfection for a concert performance. (This was recorded live at "The Bull's Head".) I would have liked "Misterioso" and "Epistrophy" to be in the selection. I know that Stan has recorded Misterioso elsewhere.

'Round Midnight is played as a trio, the others as a quartet. The tunes are quite well known to those familiar with Monk, except, in my case, "Bright Mississippi" (apparently adapted from "Sweet Georgia Brown").

There is an excellent booklet written by Simon Spillett included in the package.

The only "professional" review I can find was from "The Guardian" which awarded this fine album only three stars. It may not match say Monk's "Brilliant Corners", but still deserves a high rating. This is a very good CD and any aficionado of the music of Monk or Tracey should give it houseroom.
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