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Current Climate

Artist: Clark Tracey

Date of Release: 12/10/2009

Catalogue no: 1758

Label: Tentoten

Price: £12

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Track Listing

No

 

Title

Duration

1

 

Bolivia (Cedar Walton)

7.23

2

 

Current Climate (Clark Tracey)

7.38

3

 

Export (Kit Downes)

7.30

4

 

Bemsha Swing (Thelonious Monk)

8.52

5

 

One By One (Wayne Shorter)

7.51

6

 

5 Bellies (Ryan Trebilcock)

4.33

7

 

Devil's Chair (Clark Tracey)

12.07

 

 

 

 

Appearances by

Kit Downes

Clark Tracey Sextet - Current Climate
with
Paul Jordanous - trumpet / Pieres Green - saxophone
Kit Downes - piano / Lewis Wright - vibes
Ryan Trebilcock - bass / Clark Tracey - drums

Recorded May 15 & June 9, 2009 at Clown's Pocket.
Produced by Clark Tracey

 

Reviews

 

09/10/2009 John Fordham. The Guardian 3 stars***

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.

 

27/09/2009 Dave Gelly, The Observer

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.

 

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