The Return of Captain Adventure
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Audio CD, 18 Dec 2008
The recording gives us the chance to hear what was, as John Fordham noted, one of the great Stan Tracey line-ups; the quartet featuring Art Themen, Dave Green and Bryan Spring. Like Duke Ellington and Thelonious Monk, the two names to which his music is constantly appended, Tracey has always had an uncanny gift for finding just the right musical accomplices and in Themen, Green and Spring he had a band of formidable creativity and equal dependability, perhaps itself the perfect recipe for a working jazz group.
...has long needed to be restored to a wider audience. -- Simon Spillett
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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!
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.]