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