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The veteran pianist wrote these six gritty and resilient compositions after visiting the first world war battlefield where his father was captured and wounded.

Studiously avoiding bathos and rage, Tracey’s spiky themes and bouncy rhythms capture the strength of character and humour that made survival possible – the title track is trench slang for a heavy mortar; “Weary Willie” a shell passing safely overhead. Tracey is at his cantankerous best, his trio swing hard and saxophonist Simon Allen and Mark Armstrong on sax and trumpet are tight and tasteful.

Stan Tracey Quintet

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