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Ten years on from its original release, digitally remastered in a handsome Winter & Winter edition, Winter Truce (And Homes Blaze) isn't so much a candidate for re-evaluation as potent testimony to the controversy that surrounded maverick British bandleader and composer Django Bates in '95. The unfettered idiosyncrasy of the albumoverflowing with new ideas and previously uncharted vistassums up much,
and the parts themselves continue to make for enthralling listening.
Track Listing: You Can't Have Everything; The Loneliness Of Being Right; ...And A Golden Pear; New York, New York; Early Bloomer; X = Thingys x 3 - MF; Fox Across The Road; Powder Room Collapse; Kookaburra Laughed; You Can't Have Everything Reprise.
Personnel: Julian Arguelles: baritone and soprano saxophones; Iain Ballamy: soprano, alto and tenor saxophones; Chris Batchelor: trumpet; Django Bates: keyboards, piano, Eb peck horn; Roland Bates: trombone; Steve Buckley: soprano and alto saxophones, tin whistle; Martin France: drums, percussion; Sid Gauld: trumpet; Stuart Hall: guitar, violin, banjo; Richard Henry: bass trombone; Sarah Homer: clarinet, bass clarinet; Dave Laurence: french horn; Mark Lockheart: tenor saxophone, clarinet; Michael Mondesir: bass; Eddie Parker: flute, bass flute; Barak Schmool: tenor saxophone, piccolo flute; Christine Tobin: solo vocals; Sarah Waterhouse: tuba.
I was first exposed to jazz while learning to play chess with my uncles. They would play smooth jazz, and then switch up to more standard types of jazz. But, when they played Kind of Blue by Miles Davis, I was
hooked and I haven't looked back.