'Heart of Oak'

by Terry Pack's Trees

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  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    Jewel CD case with CD + bonus DVD including video from the recording of Heart of Oak:

    The Ridge
    El Pueblo Unido
    The Story So far
    Scarborough Fair
    Friston to Cuckmere
    Heart of Oak
    The Long Man/The Holy Well
    Haven: The River's End

    16 page leaflet and original artwork by Lee Roussel

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"Trees comprises all the layers of a healthy and supportive jazz scene with a well-established history."

Heart of Oak is the debut album from ‘Trees’; an ‘unfeasibly large ensemble’ led by Brighton based bassist and composer Terry Pack.

Drawn from the musical imagination of the leader and inspired by his deep affinity for the hidden history of his native Sussex coast Heart of Oak is also informed by the knowledge gained from a lifetime of music making with players from across the world, from Chicago bluesmen to Indian Bansuri masters, from sun-drenched Italian hillsides to packed London rock palaces, always returning to the homeland that’s inspired him.

Trees is an inclusive group comprising up to 40 players and augmented by guest professional musicians keen to take part in this exciting new musical project. Imaginative, fresh arrangements of classic tunes fuse seamlessly with innovative compositions by Terry Pack and by band member Hilary Burt.

“Trees is a coming together of players and singers, willingly giving their time and their talents to fill in the colours of the background or to populate the foreground with a cavalcade of unique characters.”
Eddie Myer


released June 23, 2017


Alice Hawkes: piano (all)
David Beebee: piano (1,2,3,4,5,8,9,10)
Eddie Myer: double bass (1,6,9,10,11)
Enrico Pinna: ac and elec guitars (1,3,10)
Imogen Ryall: shakers (1-11)
James Osler: elec guitar (1,6,9,11)
Lucy Pickering: kalimba (2,7)
Mark Edwards: keys (1,3,6,8,9,11)
Matt Hobson: ac, orch and elec perc (all)
Matt Wilson: ac and elec guitars (1,2,3,4,5,7,8) Milo Fell: drums and perc (all)
Neil Corin: accordion, tuned perc and keys (all) Nick Magnus: keys (1,3,4,8)
Phil Hudson: ac and elec guitars (8)
Terry Pack: double and elec basses, voice (all)
Tom Phelan: keys (3,8)
Tristan Banks: drums and perc (1,6,9,11)

Trumpets and Flugelhorns

Bob Turner (1,2,3,4,5,7,8)
Chris Willard (2,4,5)
Gabriel Garrick (1,6,9,11)
Jack Kendon (1,6,9,11)
Jane Stimpson (all)
Martijn Van Galen (1,3,8)
Martin Bradley (1,2,3,4,5,7,8)
Moshe Ibelo (1,2,3,4,5,7,8)
Steve Lawless (all)


Charlotte White (3,4,8)
Mimi Nicholson (1,3,7,8)
Paul Nieman (all)
Peter Thompson (all)
Tarik Mecci (1,2,4,5,6,9,11)
Tim Wade (3,4,8)


Abi Cox: alto sax (2,4,5)
Andy Pickett: tenor sax, bari sax and bass clar (all) Antony Durrant: flute (1)
Beccy Perez-Rork: sop sax (all)
Chantelle Rizan: alto sax (1,6,9,11)
Charlotte Glasson: sop and tenor saxs (all)
Claire Western: alto sax (1,2,3,4,5,7,8)
Greg Maddocks: alto flute (all)
Hilary Burt: flute (all)
Jo Luckman: alto sax (1,2,3,4,5,7,8)
John Styles: bass clar, bassoon and bari sax (1,2,3,4,5,7,8)
Julian Nicholas; alto clar and tenor sax (1,6,11)
Kate Hogg: alto sax,flute and bansuri (all) Linda Atkinson: alto sax and Bb clar (all) Lucy Pickering: flute (all)
Merlin Shepherd: G clar (1,6,9,11)
Mike Guest: flute (all)
Paul Stuart Briggs: tenor sax (all)
Phil Paton: bari sax and bass clar (1,2,3,4,5,7,8)
Philippe Guyard: tenor sax (1,2,4,5,6,10,11)
Tony Freer: oboe and Cor Anglais (2,3,4,5,10)


Annie Lightly (all)
Antony Durrant (all)
Elaine Crouch (1,3,7,8,10,11)
Heather Camille (all) Imogen Ryall (all)
Lucy Pickering (2,3,5,8,10)
Rachel Munro (1,2,4,5,6,7,9)
Red Gray (1,5,7)
Vikki Parker (1,2,3,4,5,7,8,9)

Recorded live at Hawthbush Farm in East Sussex
December 2015 & November 2016 and at
studio (sessions between January 2016 and March 2017)
Mixed and mastered by Neil Costello



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Terry Pack England, UK

With a career spanning more than four decades and including spells with The Enid & Cozy Powell, Terry Pack has turned his focus onto jazz and improvised music.
An unfeasibly large ensemble performing an eclectic mix of contemporary and groove-based compositions, Trees comprises up to 40 musicians and is augmented by guests keen to take part in this most exciting new musical initiative.
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Track Name: The Long Man/The Holy Well
The Holy Well
The Oceans have their source
As have the shallow springs
And love is love, in beggars
And in Kings

True hearts ears and eyes
No tongues to speak
They hear and see and sigh
Then they break

Hopeful eyes will search the skies but never see
Praying to a God who will not hear
Never knowing who she was to be
Words are forming as they disappear

The willow bears no fruit
And hangs his head to weep
With whispered lullabies
He’ll send her to her sleep

Hopeful eyes that search the skies will someday see
Praying to a God who now will hear
Always knowing who she was to be
Tender lips will kiss away a tear

The willow bears no fruit
And hangs his head to weep
With whispered lullabies
He’ll send her to her sleep
Track Name: Friston to Cuckmere
Friston to Cuckmere

Here leaps ashore the full Sou’ West
All heavy wind with brine
Here lies above the folded crest
The Channel’s leaden line
And here the sea fogs lap and cling
And here/hear each warning each
The sheep bells and the ship bells ring
Along the hidden beach

Here where the World is quiet
Here where all trouble seems dead winds
And spent waves riot in doubtful dreams of dreams
I watch the green fields growing
Reaping folk and sowing
For Harvest Time and mowing
A sleepy World of Dreams