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This review is from: Alice in Jazz Land (Audio CD)
Stan Tracey is a legend of British Jazz and still going strong. I know it's a bit of a cliche but if he had been born in America there's a likelihood that he would be far better known. Tracey is often lazily compared to Monk and Ellington and although there are some broad similarities he definately has his own voice.
Alice in Jazzland is my favourite Tracey album. It's a big band album from 1966 that has excellent writing from Tracey. A variety of strong soloists appear including Bobby Wellins and Kenny Baker along with brief appearances from Tubby Hayes and a young Kenny Wheeler. The standout track for me has to be the wonderfully manic 'murdering the time' - the title sums it up perfectly. I would definately agree with the liner notes that state that the album is probably the best British big band album - it could certainly give a lot of American big band albums a run for their money as well.