Stan Tracey Trio with Guy Barker Let Them Crevulate (Trio Records) James Thurber made up the word crevulate, and Stan Tracey picked it up from tenor saxophonist Bobby Wellins who had a particular fondness for it. The American writer employed the word to describe machines collectively going wrong, which makes it delightfully inappropriate for an album on which four fine musicians seem collectively to get nothing wrong at all. Guy Barker has a long association with both Stan Tracey and his son, Clark - the drummer on this set - while bassist Andrew Cleyndert has been playing with the father-and-son team for more than a decade. It shows in the easy intimacy of the playing here. Everybody fits together tightly on a mixed bag of standards and originals, recorded over three sessions, but sounding as though they could have been put down in a single evening. Tracey's love of both Thelonious Monk and Duke Ellington is evident here in performances of Ellington's Drop Me Off in Harlem, Billy Strayhorn's My Little Brown Book, and Monk's Dream. The latter ends the album, and forms a nice bookend with the distinctly Monkish Tracey composed title track which opens it. The other Tracey original, Strange Fruit - not related to the Billie Holiday classic - gives Barker the opportunity to blow some melancholy trumpet lines, which sound as if they belong on a film noir soundtrack. Barker also contributes two strong originals of his own: Copper Kiss and the shimmering Soneva, named for the resort island in the Maldives where he recently spent his honeymoon. The highpoint of the album is the Strayhorn tune, performed by Barker and Tracey (right) as a duet, but there are no weak tracks, and the bass and drums get a chance to shine on I'm Getting Sentimental Over You. This is a strong set from some of Britain's finest jazz musicians.