Stan Tracey's ReSteamed is streaming

Stan Tracey’s ReSteamed Records catalogue is being made available for downloading or streaming on all digital platforms for the first time, from this February 

Proper Music Distribution and ReSteamed Records have announced that Stan Tracey’s ReSteamed catalogue will be available to download and stream via all digital platforms (including iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, Deezer and Amazon MP3/Music Unlimited) worldwide from 16th February 2018.

Stan Tracey CBE (pictured right by Brian Payne) died in 2013 at the age of 86. He 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 1950s. Tracey was house pianist at Ronnie Scott’s during the 1960s, performing with an array of legendary jazz musicians including Sonny Rollins, Yusef Lateef, Roland Kirk and Ben Webster (who played with Tracey on two of his ReSteamed releases).

In 1965 Tracey released a jazz suite inspired by Dylan Thomas’s Under Milk Wood. It’s been praised as one of the finest British jazz albums, appearing at number 69 on the 2006 Jazzwise list of The 100 Jazz Albums That Shook the World and contained Starless and Bible Black, with its solo by Scottish tenor saxophonist and Tracey collaborator Bobby Wellins.

The 2006 reissue of Under Milk Wood marked the first release on Tracey’s ReSteamed Records, his new activation of Steam Records. He went on to issue a further twelve recordings on ReSteamed - both archival and new. All of these albums will be available on these streaming and download services.

Drummer Clark Tracey, Stan’s son, played extensively with his father. He has now taken over the running of the ReSteamed Records label. He’s also the author of The Godfather of British Jazz: The Life and Music of Stan Tracey which was published by Equinox Publishing in 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 

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Your Comments:

Posted by Steve Piltz, 4 March 2018, 16:34 (1 of 2)

In the 1970's while a student in London I built up a library of British jazz musicians from the radio and enjoyed at various gigs across London. Especially at Grosvenor Square and the then Covent Garden community centre. Around 2002, when moving house I donated my reel to reel efforts to the British Library music section, who transcribed them and gave me a collection of CDs back a year later. Many included radio recordings of Stan; the BBC weren't interested!! It would be wonderful to have the collection released to the general public, as I believe this was a sublime period of British jazz.

Posted by david smith, 23 March 2018, 16:27 (2 of 2)

I agree I am huge fan of Stan Tracey and have tried to obtain every recording of the great man as I believe as is the case with Stephen Disymus? Perhaps this could be arranged by his son Clark Tracey via ReSteamed Records as they are now proposing to stream as well as downloads.

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