on 24 February 2009
Stan Tracey should be heralded as one of the greatest pianists in jazz (not just the British variety). While he is often lumped into the 'Monk' school of piano playing, his ability to compose interesting and varied themes - Under Milk Wood is as good as anything produced across the Atlantic - is often overlooked.
This album demonstrates just why Tracey was Ronnie Scott's house pianist for many years and why so many American visitors rated his abilities. It also shows that he was capable not just of small-group perfection but also of managing the sounds of large-scale units. Although the cover suggests something a little more psychedelic in actual fact this album is a fine statement of the levels that the post-bop big band had reached in the late 60's.