Stan Tracey albums
Captain Adventure For All We Know
The Stan Tracey Trio
Trio Records [CD] TR574 Recorded Live at Leighton Buzzard Theatre, Leighton Buzzard, UK 26th November 2005
  • Sound, Sleeve design and Photography: Andrew Cleyndert
  • Produced by: Andrew Cleyndert Album Review:
    John Fordham Friday April 14, 2006 The Guardian
    - Stan Tracey, For All We Know (Trio) 4 stars

    There are two Thelonious Monk tunes (Pannonica and Little Rootie Tootie) on this cracking live trio set recorded in the UK last November, with the 79-year-old Tracey showing his appreciation of Monk's harmonic innovations and rhythmic double-takes, while displaying a lugubrious playfulness and lyrical tenderness of his own. Tracey's jangly unaccompanied intro to Perdido, his off-handedly compassionate delivery of For All We Know (with Andy Cleyndert's warm bass sound enfolding him), and the peremptory firebell sound of Little Rootie Tootie's chords against Clark Tracey's close-marking cymbals drive home the case for the pianist's late-period work representing some of his most freewheeling playing. Tracey plays a tom-tom intro initially reminiscent of Max Roach's for Sonny Rollins's St Thomas before arriving in stealthy doodles on See Meenah Latino (the only original). Willow Weep for Me keeps trying to avoid its theme, and Duke Ellington's swinger Great Times is a classic Tracey uptempo vehicle. One of the great British jazz stories rumbles triumphantly on.