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Stan Tracey
Event 14
Saturday October 17th, 8.00pm 
Little Missenden Church

Quintet with Guy Barker and Bobby Wellins

This is an archived event from the 2009 Programme.

Stan Tracey piano, Guy Barker trumpet, Bobby Wellins reeds, Andy Cleyndert bass, Clark Tracey drums

Stan Tracey, a towering giant among British jazzmen, makes his second Little Missenden visit, with an all-star quintet featuring guest soloists Guy Barker and Bobby Wellins with regulars Clark Tracey and Andy Cleyndert. It’s six years since Stan last came, and 12 years since Dennis Cox first introduced jazz into the Little Missenden programme.

Among other jazz standards and originals they will play parts of Stan’s masterpiece, the Under Milk Wood suite. Dave Gelly described its legendary 1965 recording as “perhaps the most highly regarded jazz album ever made by British artists”. He went on to say, “Tracey’s percussive, full-chorded piano makes a wonderful foil for the tenor saxophone of Bobby Wellins, whose slightly lost, slightly foggy sound dominates the slower pieces, especially the sublime, floating Starless And Bible Black. There is nothing quite like it anywhere else in jazz”.

Stan Tracey is a legend in his own time: “Stan has what Humphrey Lyttelton called that “here I am !” quality. Not only is his playing instantly recognisable from the first note, but his whole musical personality is instantly and visibly before us. The effect comes over strongly in recordings but in person it can be almost overwhelming” (The Observer)

Along with his regular trio members he is joined by virtuoso jazz trumpeter Guy Barker, and a long-term collaborator, the excellent Bobby Wellins.

“(Guy Barker) is that rare thing – a brilliant soloist, a born leader and a generous accompanist. He can play so your heart breaks or your head swivels” (Anthony Minghella)

“Wellins is and always has been an original. He has his own distinctive sound, a reedy keening cry… and he phrases with immense elegance, every note is meant and none wasted” (Penguin Rough Guide To Jazz)

Stan’s big band was featured at this year’s Proms.

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