ReviewsAwarded Certificate of Merit in the category of Best Historical Research in Recorded Jazz, 2018 Association for Recorded Sound Collections Awards for Excellence in Historical Recorded Sound Research
Like the music (and life) of its subject, Clark’s biography, which is supplemented by an admirably thorough discography, is single-minded, almost dogged, in its purpose: unsentimentally and dispassionately to document the career, in all its sometimes uncomfortable detail, of one of this country’s greatest musicians. It’s a considerable (and valuable) achievement.
London Jazz News
The pianist and composer had carved an indelible place for himself at UK jazz's top table, and this illuminating biography by his son Clark - a neat and attractively presented hardback - presents an unfailingly absorbing narrative recounting remarkable times.
Clark's clear-eyed account of his father's life is a triumph, as is Stephen P. Didymus' splendidly comprehensive discography.
Listen to his record as you read, they are the best accompaniment to this fine book.
Chris Searle, Morning Star
The Godfather of British Jazz is a book that will fascinate jazz fans.
The Northern Review of Books
As this very personal account confirms, Tracey was an extraordinarily dedicated jazz musician who has earned a place in a wider jazz pantheon than the British scene within which he predominantly worked. As John McLaughlin later remarked about Under Milk Wood, “This was not ‘British Jazz’ – this was world-class music” (p 68). Tracey not only spent a lifetime doing what he loved; he did it exceptionally well, creating an enduring body of work that deserves serious consideration. This book is a valuable addition to jazz literature.
Professor Ted Nettelbeck, Eric Myers Jazz