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Andrew Downing: Otterville

Read "Otterville" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Canada's Downing clan hails from the Ontario tobacco belt town, Otterville. Andrew Downing--bassist/cellist/composer--home-ported in Toronto now, celebrates the familial stomping grounds with a two CD set laid down by a sextet, plus guests, of an unusual instrumentation. It's an immersion into the simplicity and tranquility of the out-of-the-way, small town experience. Each of the tunes takes the baton from one of the great American tune-smith's--Gershwin, Mercer, Dizzy Gillespie, Jerome Kern, and more--by borrowing bits from classic songs and ...


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