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Clark Tracey: tribute to Stan Tracey's Hexad
Clark Tracey Stan Tracey

One of the finest drummers now inherits the mantle of the great Stan Tracey's jazz legacy
Clark Tracey drums, Alex Ridout trumpet, Sean Payne alto, Chris Maddock tenor/soprano, Ashley Henry piano, Daniel Casimir bass

Stan Tracey belonged to the first generation of British performers who were trying, in those restless, optimistic years after the war, to learn from the inspirations of Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie and Thelonious Monk despite being 3000 miles away from the source, and then develop a style of their own in a culture that had never been hospitable to jazz. Tracey, one of the undisputed giants of the music in Britain, managed exactly that.

In November 1985 , Tracey's new band Hexad played opposite Chet Baker fro a season that represented one of Ronnie Scott Club's most perfect balances of utterly different persuasions in jazz. Both Baker and Tracey defined the spirit of jazz in their different ways, and the audiences responded by being utterly absorbed in a manner rare for a night-club.

Clark Tracey is a band leader, composer, educator, promotor and a highly professional and brilliant drummer; not to mentions multiple award winner. He brings an excellent sextet to give us the music of the original Hexad.
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Brandon Allen's Gene Ammons Project
Brandon Allen

The Brandon Allen quartet reinterprets the music of the late great saxophonist Gene Ammons
Brandon Allen tenor, Bas Van Lier piano/organ, Arnie Somogyi bass, Matt Home drums

Ammons was one of the founders of the Chicago style of tenor saxophone playing but was often in the shadow of his tenor-playing contemporaries, Dexter Gordon, Wardell Gray, and Sonny Stitt.
Despite this he forged a lasting partnership with Stitt, recording some classic tenor battles in the 1950 s.

While adept at the technical aspects of bebop, in particular its love of harmonic substitutions, Ammons more than Young, Webster or Parker, stayed in touch with the commercial blues and R&B of his day. In 1950 the saxophonist's recording of "My foolish heart" made Billboard magazine's black pop charts. The soul jazz movement of the mid-1960s, often using the combination of tenor saxophone and Hammond B3 electric organ, counts him as a founder.

People say nice things about Brandon.
"Brandon Allen is arguably the most exciting tenor player in Britain today. His phrasing is unashamedly emotional, soaked in the blues tradition." - Tony Hall (JAZZWISE)
"His four-octave range and flawless command of the altissimo register was nicely offset by his full-bodied yet raucous tonal quality offering something for fans of the entire history of the instrument- from Hawkins to Brecker- he's got em covered." - Frank Griffith (London Jazz News)

Brandon's quartet has played together for many years. The project has been received very well at gigs throughout the UK and the rest of Europe. With luck, we will have the new CD to buy at the gig.
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