Andrew Downing | Otterville

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by Andrew Downing

The music is folky, calm, relaxed other-worldy instrumental music. Lap steel, cello, vibraphone, bass, drums and saxophone.
Genre: Jazz: Chamber Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. This Year's Fancies
4:24 $0.99
2. Head Start
5:34 $0.99
3. All Alone on the Mountain
3:28 $0.99
4. I'm No Good Without You
4:31 $0.99
5. Numbers You Know
4:39 $0.99
6. A Pair of Eyes
3:37 $0.99
7. Family Portrait
4:29 $0.99
8. Rhyme
4:59 $0.99
9. Fall in Line
5:46 $0.99
10. Parade
5:24 $0.99
11. Mooning About
3:54 $0.99
12. Take the 'a' Train
4:34 $0.99
13. Observatory
4:30 $0.99
14. Wish
5:17 $0.99
15. Leaving Me with a Memory
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Album Notes
Otterville is Andrew Downing’s tenth release, named after a small town in the Southern Ontario tobacco belt that was once home to generations of Downings. The double album features instrumentalists from various musical communities, including Christine Bougie (Bahamas), Paul Mathew (Sarah Harmer, Hidden Cameras) and Michael Davidson (Hobson’s Choice), as well as an impressive list of stalwart Canadian jazz musicians.

The compositions are simple and folky, but they revel in the colourfulness of the unique instrumentation and the subtle musical details of the arranging to create dreamy, nostalgic, other-worldly music, inspired by Billy Strayhorn, Kurt Weill, Bill Frisell, Jon Brion and Ry Cooder. Each piece secretly celebrates one of the great American songwriters and jazz composers of the early 20th century by stealing germs and motifs from old songs and refocusing them using Downing’s compositional lens, like Fall In Line’s veiled tribute to Gershwin’s Strike Up The Band, This Year’s Fancies’ nod to I’m Old Fashioned by Johnny Mercer and Jerome Kern, and Observatory’s inspiration by Dizzy Gillespie’s Con Alma. Included also is a reworking of Billy Strayhorn’s near-perfect classic Take The ‘A’ Train.

Originally from London, Ontario, Andrew Downing’s career has taken him all over the world as a performer and composer. He won a JUNO award, a West Coast Music Award and a SOCAN award with his band The Great Uncles of the Revolution that featured guitarist Steve Dawson, violinist Jesse Zubot (Tagaq) and trumpeter Kevin Turcotte. He has also collaborated on projects with some celebrated musicians such as American slide guitar luminary David Tronzo on their record Velodrome, Turkish ud player Güc Başar Gülle on their album Anahtar (recorded in İstanbul with a group of Turkish musicians), David Occhipinti and Jim Lewis on their Juno-nominated Bristles, and the aforementioned John Southworth on their multimedia project Easterween. He has also written and arranged music for the Vancouver Bach Choir, Ensemble Polaris, The Carn/Davidson Nine, The Gryphon Trio, Patricia O’Callaghan, celebrated cellist Rachel Mercer and banjo player Jayme Stone.



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Juerg Sommer

Folkiger Jazz aus Kanada (a Swiss newspaper recommendation)
Otterville? So nennt sich das von tiefreligiösen Quäkern gegründete Kaff in der kanadischen Provinz Ontario. Wo sich Fuchs und Hase „Gute Nacht“ sagen, wuchs der heute vielbeschäftigte Cellist Andrew Downing in einem Umfeld ländlicher Musik auf. Der liebevolle musikalische Tribut an seine Heimat ist denn auch ein verträumtes, pastellfarbiges Tongemälde, näher bei der Folkmusic als beim Jazz. Eingespielt wurde die 15-sätzige Suite mit Cello, Lap Steel Guitar, Vibraphon, Rhythmusgruppe und einem Hardbopjazz-Bläsersatz.