Stan Tracey (born Stanley William Tracey in London on 30 December 1926 ; died on 6 December 2013) was one of the UK's most original, talented - yet startlingly underrated - jazz musicians. Sonny Rollins is quoted as saying "Does anyone here realise how good he really is?" As well as recordings under his personal name, he also recorded as Stan Tracey Octet, The Stan Tracey Quartet, Stan Tracey Big Band and Stan Tracey Trio.
Tracey played professionally from the age of…
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