Like others I had never heard of Geraint Watkins until I saw him perform Champion on Jools Holland's Later programme. On the basis of that track and listening to samples on Amazon and My Space I took the plunge. I have not been disappointed - this album is an absolute gem, one of my best buys over recent years. There is such variety and not one bad track. What makes this album stand out is the production and the backing muscianship which are both superb. It is just as if they are playing live for you in your living room. It is so unusual to hear such sensitive playing of brass instruments including flugel horns, trombone and euphonium. Stand out tracks include the sing along Easy to Say Bon Temps Rouler and Its a Wonderful Life and of course Champion. A happy album that makes you want to dance in the living room.
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