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5.0 out of 5 stars The Stan Tracey Experience!, 5 May 2006
This review is from: The Return of Captain Adventure (Audio CD)
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Melodic, emotional music - pure genius, 11 Nov 2006
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This review is from: The Return of Captain Adventure (Audio CD)
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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