The late Stan Tracey CBE (who died in 2013 at the age of 86) was one of the most significant and celebrated British jazz musicians, known affectionately as “The Godfather of British Jazz” and responsible for a hugely impressive back catalogue of albums dating back to the 1950′s. Stan was house pianist at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in Soho during the 1960′s, performing with a staggering array of A-List US jazz musicians – everyone from Sonny Rollins, Yusef Lateef, Roland Kirk and Ben Webster.
In 1965 Tracey released a jazz suite inspired by Dylan Thomas’ Under Milk Wood, which is considered to be one of the finest British jazz albums ever produced. It came in at number 69 on Jazzwise’s 2006 ‘The 100 Jazz Albums That Shook the World’ list and contained the classic “Starless and Bible Black”, with its acclaimed solo by tenor saxophonist Bobby Wellins.
The 2006 reissue of Under Milk Wood marked the first release on Stan’s ReSteamed Records, his newly-reactivated Steam Records. He went on to issue a further twelve recordings on ReSteamed – both archival and new.
Stan’s son Clark Tracey, a renowned jazz drummer who played extensively with his father, now runs the label. Clark has recently released a fascinating book about his father The Godfather of British Jazz: The Life and Music of Stan Tracey (Equinox Publishing, 2017).
The complete discography of ReSteamed Records is as follows:
RSJ101 The Stan Tracey Quartet Under Milk Wood: Jazz Suite
RSJ102 The Stan Tracey Big Band Alice in Jazz Land
RSJ103 Stan Tracey Orchestra At the Appleby Jazz Festival
RSJ104 Stan Tracey & Bobby Wellins Tracey/Wellins Play Monk
RSJ105 Stan Tracey & Keith Tippett Supernova
RSJ106 Ben Webster & Stan Tracey Soho Nights Vol. 1
RSJ107 Stan Tracey Octet The Early Works
RSJ108 Stan Tracey Quartet Senior Moment
RSJ109 Stan Tracey Octet The Later Works
RSJ110 Stan Tracey Soundcheck
RSJ111 The Stan Tracey Quartet A Child’s Christmas: Jazz Suite
RSJ112 Ben Webster & Stan Tracey Soho Nights Vol. 2
RSJ113 Stan Tracey Quintet The Flying Pig