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Clark Tracey Sextet

Recorded June, 2009

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Clark Tracey Sextet


  • Lewis Wright – Vibes
  • Paul Jordanous – Trumpet
  • Piers Green – Saxes
  • Kit Downes – Piano
  • Ryan Trebilcock – Bass
  • Clark Tracey – Drums


  1. Bolivia (07:23)
  2. Current Climate (07:38)
  3. Export (07:30)
  4. Bemsha Swing (08:52)
  5. One By One (07:51)
  6. Five Bellies (04:33)
  7. Devil’s Chair (12:07)

Recorded June, 2009


“Stan Tracey’s drummer on Senior ­Moment (and on over three decades’ worth of earlier moments) is his son Clark, whose freewheeling enthusiasms for the gospelly bebop of Art Blakey get their chance to stretch out on this album by his latest band. Clark’s ­music sounds a little more in awe of its ­American ­antecedents than his father’s does. But the playing is spirited, and so is the ­material, which mixes originals with classics such as Wayne Shorter’s One By One and ­Thelonious Monk’s Bemsha Swing. Tracey’s unfussy, ­propulsive drumming, the ­purposeful bop ­vibraphone-playing of Lewis Wright, and the promising ­trumpet/sax ­partnership of newcomers Paul ­Jordanous and Piers Green generate plenty of sparkle. But the most memorable improvisation on this session comes from Kit Downes. The former Empirical pianist undams ­barline-leaping torrents of melody, egged on by left-hand nudges and slurs (particularly on the freeform ­Devil’s Chair) that testify to his world-class stature.”

John Fordham

The Guardian

“A genuinely new band, not just a rearrangement of familiar names. For three of the players, it is also their recording debut, not that you’d be able to tell. Clark Tracey has a flair for choosing musicians who set each other off and newcomers Paul Jordanous (trumpet) and Piers Green (alto sax) strike instant sparks. Bassist Ryan Trebilcock, another debutant, composed the most striking new piece, a spiky little thing curiously entitled “5 Bellies”. Tracey himself presides at the drums. I suspect it will all sound even better live.”

Dave Gelly

The Observer