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Clark Tracey Quintet on Friday 31st January 2014
Clark Tracey, son of the late great British jazz legend Stan Tracey, is among the cream of international jazz drummers. Clark has performed with just about every major player on the UK jazz scene and supported a host of visiting artists such as Johnny Griffin, Pharaoh Sanders, Charlie Rouse, Bud Shank, Art Farmer and Jimmy Smith. He has led his own groups since 1980, featuring young luminaries such as Guy Barker, Gerard Presencer, Django Bates, Iain Ballamy, Nigel Hitchcock, Kit Downes, Zoe Rahman and many others. Clark has been the drummer of choice for his father’s various small groups and big bands, since he was 17, and together they have performed all over the world and recorded extensively. He is a composer, arranger, record-label owner, and jazz club and festival promoter.
This young quintet, his latest venture, is justifiably causing a musical stir. With the ex-NYJO Henry Armburg Jennings on trumpet, shimmering altoist Chris Maddock, hard swinging pianist Reuben James, and the outstanding Daniel Casimir on bass, the band is sure to get your pulse racing.
'Phew! Just getting my breath back from a gig at the excellent Folkestone Jazz Club. The superb Clark Tracey quintet, like the famous Massey Hall concert quintet, had not performed together before. They'd travelled far and had only time for a run-through of one number. It was the best gig I'd attended for a year or so. Clark managed to hold the reins for the superb set. Justice needs to be kind to keep this group intact. Five stars for five stars.'
-- Alan Luff, Jazz Journal, July 2013
Music Genres: Jazz
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