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Trace Elements by Steve Melling and Art Themen album coverSTEVE MELLING’S LATEST ALBUM

Trace Elements

Steve Melling – piano; Art Themen – tenor and soprano saxophones

Duo recording with saxophonist Art Themen. Includes original pieces by Steve Melling which were influenced by pianist Stan Tracey, a duo version of two Stan Tracey pieces, along with three classic Thelonious Monk compositions. Recorded in 2016

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This excellent duo album, recorded last year at Watermill Jazz, Dorking, offers a sort of tribute to two pianists/composers; Stan Tracey and Thelonious Monk. …Throughout, the rapport between the two is impressive, with a mutual gift and plenty of conversational exchanges between the more developed solos. Also lurking beneath the surface is a shared sense of humour…   – RON SIMPSON

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Steve Melling; solo piano
All compositions by Steve Melling
Steve Melling’s latest CD is a solo piano album of original compositions selected from the music he has written from the the mid-1970’s up until 2008.

Peter Vacher commented in Jazz UK December 2012:-
Pianist Steve Melling’s first solo album ‘Keys to the Upper Story’ reveals a pleasing range of compositional moods, some mellow, even delicate, others more complex and perky, the level of creative dexterity quite compelling.

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book, transcribed for solo piano
60 pages PDF

The music in this book is transcribed from the album keys to the upper story and will be useful to jazz pianists as well as those who mainly play classical music.
The pieces can be played straight from the notation as written. After each theme there is one chorus of single staves for improvisation with just melody and chord symbols – a lead sheet. Chord symbols are written above the music throughout.

PLEASE NOTE: This book is currently out of print but is available here as a PDF file. After payment you will receive an email with your copy, normally within a few hours.

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Steve Melling Clark Tracey Special Septet

This is the first album from an exciting band formed in 2009. All tracks are original compositions by the musicians, with one exception, Ray Noble’s Cherokee, arranged by Simon Allen

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Steve Melling – Piano
Clark Tracey – Drums
Geoff Gascoyne – Bass
Mark Armstrong – Trumpet
Simon Allen – Alto
Dave O’Higgins – Tenor
Josephine Davies – Tenor
Mark Bassey – Trombone


Rating: **** (four stars)
“Sharp ensemble playing, inspiring solo work and the kind of writing that goes way beyond the back-of-a-fag packet sketch: when (and where) can I hear this band live? ” – PETER VACHER

LONDON EVENING STANDARD Friday 9 September 2011

Jack Massarik chose this album as his CD Choice and gave it a four star rating****

“This classy straight-ahead album is what happens when an unusually strong team of British stars feel like recording together and do something about it.” – JACK MASSARIK


The personnel on this septet album should tell you most of what you need  to know about this splendid recording… but it is arguably the manner – tight, assured, powerful, musicianly but pleasingly informal – that impresses as much as the matter here… Overall, an unalloyed treat from eight of the UK’s finest in top form. – CHRIS PARKER

Trio Duo Solo

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Melling handles very varied material with terrific authority: standards by Cole Porter, Ellington and Leonard Bernstein, originals by Monk, Coltrane and Bud Powell, and a couple of his own excellent pieces, “In A Monochrome”, with it’s restless, hard-driving rhythms in the Tyner style, and “Leona”, a delightful romantic waltz.
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