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Stand Up!

by Great Uncles of the Revolution

Instrumental, avant-folk by Juno Award-winning quartet
Genre: Jazz: Weird Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Stockholm
2:58 album only
2. The Fruit Jugglers
4:30 album only
3. Fairy Tales
3:54 album only
4. Cat and Mouse
2:47 album only
5. Weeping Like A Willow
5:31 album only
6. Muchacho
3:11 album only
7. Stompin' At The Savoy
5:41 album only
8. Ride 'Em High
5:56 album only
9. When We Were Little
4:32 album only
10. Dance With Me
6:12 album only
11. Rain, Rain
4:13 album only


Album Notes
The Great Uncles of the Revolution was formed in 2001 by Toronto double bassist Andrew Downing. Joining Andrew in the group are Kevin Turcotte on trumpet, Jesse Zubot on violin, and Steve Dawson on slide guitar. The group has just released their second album Blow The House Down, and Their first album, Stand Up! (Black Hen/Festival) has garnered critical acclaim, winning a West Coast music award in 2002, and being named by Ross Porter of CBC’s After Hours as one of the top albums of 2001. The group also captured the ‘Grand Prix de Jazz’ at the 2002 Edition of the Montreal Jazz Festival for their live performance there.

The group’s music is hard to categorize, falling somewhere between jazz, roots, classical, and gypsy music, and never adhering to a particular style for long enough to pin it down. The four instruments all work as equal parts of the band, each providing melody, harmony, rhythm, texture, and improvisation at one time or another in the course of a performance. The way the four interweave their parts and improvisations provides for a musical ride that seems to cause smiles, tears, and laughter.

The Great Uncles have made their way across this great land of ours many times, as well as travelling abroad to England this past summer. They find themselves at home at jazz festivals, folk festivals, concert halls, clubs, and back yards anywhere, and have played as far east as St. John’s Newfoundland at The Ship Inn, as far north as The Dawson City Music Festival, and to close to 10,000 people at the Festival International de Jazz de Montreal. They have shared shows with The Rheostatics, opened for Dave Brubeck, and played with Jane Bunnet and her Cuban all-star band.

The four individuals each boast a pretty hefty resume on top of all of it. They have shared stages and recording projects with the likes of Moe Koffman, Gil-Scott Heron, Eugene Chadbourne, Taj Mahal, Long John Baldry, Kelly Joe Phelps, Guido Basso, Rob McConnell, Patricia O’Callaghan and Albert Schultz.



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