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Stan Tracey

Sue Lawley's castaway is jazz pianist Stan Tracey.

Sue Lawley's guest this week is the jazz musician Stan Tracey. He's been at the heart of the British Jazz scene since the 1960s when he was resident pianist at Ronnie Scotts. It was at that time he wrote what has been called the greatest of all British jazz albums - his Under Milk Wood suite.

[Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs]

Favourite track: Mood Indigo by Duke Ellington and His Orchestra
Book: Crazy Like A Fox by S J Perelman
Luxury: Film: Oh Mister Porter

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45 minutes

Last on

Fri 30 Apr 1999 09:00

Music Played

  • Zoot Sims

    Stompin' at the Savoy

    Artist: Stan Tracy, Kenny Napper and Jackie Dougan

    • Solo For Zoot.
    • Fontana.
  • Maurice Ravel

    L'enfant et les sortilèges

    Choir: Geneva Motet Orchestra: Suisse Romande Orchestra

    • Ravel: L'enfant et Sortileges.
    • Decca.
  • Charlie Parker Quartet

    Now's the Time

    • Bird on Verve: Charlie Parker Vol. 8.
    • Polydor Paris.
  • Castaway's Favourite

    • Duke Ellington & His Orchestra

      Mood Indigo

      • Master Pieces by Ellington.
      • Columbia.
  • Thelonious Monk Trio

    Little Rootie Tootie

    • Blue Monk: Vol. 2.
    • Prestige.
  • Musique d'Afrique

    Musique des Malinke

    • Musique d'Afrique.
    • London.
  • Igor Stravinsky


    Orchestra: New York Philharmonic Conductor: Leonard Bernstein

    • Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring: Petroushka.
    • Sony Classical.
  • Clark Tracey Sextet

    Sherman at the Copthorne

    • Full Speed Sideways.
    • 33 Jazz Records.
  • Book Choice

    • Crazy Like A Fox - S J Perelman

  • Luxury Choice

    • Film: Oh Mister Porter


Role Contributor
Presenter Sue Lawley
Interviewed Guest Stan Tracey


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