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Friday, December 16, 2011

Stan Tracey inspired again by Dylan Thomas

Stan Tracey has returned to Dylan Thomas for festive inspiration nearly fifty years after his seminal jazz suite based on Under Milk Wood.

A new suite based on A Child's Christmas in Wales includes the veteran pianist's first compositions for more than ten years.

A Child's Christmas Jazz Suite was recorded by Stan's current quartet, including son Clark on drums, with the addition of Stan's 21-year-old grandson Ben as narrator.

"I've always had a particular fondness for A Child's Christmas in Wales because it evokes so many memories of the festival when I was a child," said Stan.

"I was, therefore, delighted when Clark suggested that I should write something based on Dylan's story and wondered why I hadn't thought of it first.

"I hope the music reflects some of the pleasure it has given me."

The album is available on ReSteamed Records and is being performed in a series of Christmas dates around England.

See www.stantracey.com for more details.


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