08 dicembre 2013

Lutto nel jazz britannico per la scomparsa del pianista Stan Tracey, dopo lunga malattia. Lo annunciano i suoi cari dalle pagine del suo sito web: "It is with deepest regret that we must announce the death of Stan Tracey OBE, CBE today, at the age of 86. After a struggle with illness, he passed away having recently celebrated his 70 year professional career as a jazz pianist/composer. He is survived by a family who love him, and will miss him profoundly. His legacy is the generations of musicians young and old, past and future who have his influential example to look to. Many thanks to all those who have shown him such love and support over these many years".

Compositore prolifico e fine armonista, guida di numerose formazioni anche orchestrali, si è spesso cimentato anche con l'improvvisazione e il free jazz, incontrando in quest'ambito Keith Tippett, Louis Moholo, Mike Osborne, John Surman ed Evan Parker tra gli altri. John Fordham sul Guardian ne ricostruisce la lunga carriera a pochi giorni dai festeggiamenti per i settant'anni di vita professionale: http://www.theguardian.com/music/2013/dec/06/stan-tracey

Stan Tracey is an outstanding figure in the jazz world. His distinguished career has spanned seven decades of flourishing creativity. He has been a highly influential and stimulating musical voice, not only to his peers, but to each successive generation of musicians with whom he has worked. Stan's capricious piano playing combines the percussive melody of Thelonious Monk with the robust lyricism of Ellington in a highly idiosyncratic style. A master of harmony, he possesses a potent and compelling improviser's intellect. Through Stan Tracey's unflinching commitment and dedication has emerged a very rare artist who has sustained an output of highly exceptional music.