Stan Tracey’s ‘Under Milk Wood’ and ‘A Child’s Xmas in Wales’ performed by:
Ben Tracey – Narrator
Clark Tracey – Drums
Simon Allen – Saxes
Bruce Boardman – Piano
Andrew Cleyndert – Bass
Regarded as an iconic piece of music even now, Stan Tracey’s Under Milk Wood was composed and released in 1965, receiving the highest accolades of any British jazz LP. It was toured from that time and ever since, with the addition of a narrator to recite portions of the world famous text by Dylan Thomas, the inspiration of Tracey’s suite. The recording has been reissued six times, which has to be another record for a British jazz recording. Previous narrators have included Donald Houston and Philip Madoc but from 2010 Stan’s grandson, Ben Tracey, has taken the challenging role, receiving national acclaim from venues like Ronnie Scott’s Club and even from the Dylan Thomas Centre in Swansea.
In his later years, Stan chose not to compose any more music until a family member suggested a kind of follow up to Milk Wood, a short story by Thomas recollecting his childhood in Wales. It was recorded with the quartet you will hear this evening and Ben once again narrating. This will be the second time only that the two pieces have been heard back to back in concert. With the addition of Bruce Boardman, a gifted pianist capable of evoking Tracey with full respect, this band conjures up memories of the great man and presents these two Welsh classics with good humour, passion and reverence.
This concert is presented by Jazz North East and Jazz.Coop at The Globe.
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