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Stan Tracey (born Stanley William Tracey in London on 30 December 1926 ; died on 6 December 2013) was one of the UK's most original, talented - yet startlingly underrated - jazz musicians. Sonny Rollins is quoted as saying "Does anyone here realise how good he really is?" As well as recordings under his personal name, he also recorded as Stan Tracey Octet, The Stan Tracey Quartet, Stan Tracey Big Band and Stan Tracey Trio.

Tracey played professionally from the age of 16, before becoming house pianist at the famous Ronnie Scott's jazz club in his home city - London. In this capacity he accompanied many great musicians of the day including Rollins, Stan Getz, Roland Kirk and Zoot Sims.

His 1965 album 'Under Milk Wood' became a big hit. The record was inspired by Dylan Thomas's audio play and featured Bobby Wellins on tenor saxophone.

The versatile pianist, who has also been known to perform on accordion and vibes, has recorded over 45 albums and received numerous music awards.

He passed away on the 6 December 2013, leaving an legacy few can rival.

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