Hailed from UK, a rock quintet This Winter Machine - Al Wynter (vocals), Gary Jevon (guitars), Marcus Murray (drums), Mark Numan (keyboards), and Peter Priestly (bass) - have got started with remarkable influences from the pioneers of 70s Symphonic Progressive or 80s Neo-Progressive scene, especially from Marillion, IQ, Pendragon, Porcupine Tree, Opeth, Rush and Genesis. Their first cry was heard in the beginning of 2017, as the debut album titled "The Man Who Never Was". They bring the sound right up to date combining soaring and emotive vocals, thought provoking lyrics, consummate and evocative musicianship and melodies that linger long after the music stops.
Trumpeter Dave Douglas has participated in so many styles of music that listing them all would be mesmerizing. Some of his best work has been performed in free style and hard bop jazz groups. Here, he charts a different path, albeit one that he has pursued successfully before, in a mellow, lovely vein. Douglas is the only horn, backed by Guy Klucevsek's eclectic accordion, Mark Feldman's gloriously sweet violin, and Greg Cohen's acoustic string bass. With some exceptions, the dynamics are generally low, the tempos slow, and the mood serene. There is almost a post-minimalism to it all, capped by the exquisite sound of Douglas' trumpet.