Duane An­drews launches solo CD

String quar­tet joins gui­tar wizard on new al­bum

The Compass - - EDITORIAL - BY TARA BRADBURY TC ME­DIA The Tele­gram

Be­tween his sep­a­rate duet record­ings with Aaron Col­lis, Craig Young and Dwayne Côté, his CD as a mem­ber of the Swing­ing Belles, and his tours as part of newly-formed group Fret­board Jour­ney, Duane An­drews has fi­nally got­ten around to mak­ing a new solo record.

His first since 2008’s “Rain­drops,” An­drews launched “Con­cep­tion Bay” with a show over the week­end in Fresh­wa­ter (right next door to his home­town of Car­bon­ear), with a fol­lowup party at The Ship in St. John’s Nov. 14.

“This one has been brew­ing for a while,” says An­drews, a sev­en­time East Coast Mu­sic Award and eight-time Mu­sicNL Award win­ner. Along­side orig­i­nal tunes, tra­di­tional mu­sic and songs from jazz pioneer Django Rein­hardt is a pris­tine ac­com­pa­ni­ment from a string quar­tet.

“The At­lantic String Quar­tet played on ‘Rain­drops’ and I started de­vel­op­ing that idea, then got to the point where I had a whole al­bum,” An­drews says. “It’s a dif­fer­ent ap­proach: jazz is more of a spon­ta­neous jam with lots of im­pro­vi­sa­tion, but what I love about clas­si­cal mu­sic is that it’s very pre­cise.”

Recorded last spring in Toronto, “Con­cep­tion Bay” fea­tures Mark Fewer and Lynn Kuo on vi­o­lin, An­gela Pick­ett on vi­ola and Amahl Aru­lanan­dam on cello.

For the CD launch event, An­drews - who went back to school in Septem­ber and is work­ing to­wards a masters de­gree in in­stru- men­tal con­duct­ing - will be ac­com­pa­nied by Rhythm Fu­tur string quar­tet. Over the next few weeks he’ll tour the Mar­itimes, play­ing with lo­cal quar­tets in each lo­ca­tion, and af­ter Christ­mas he’ll be do­ing a se­ries of shows in Que­bec and On­tario.

The St. John’s launch will hap­pen at The Ship Nov. 14. Tick­ets are $20 and can be pur­chased at Fred’s Records, O’Brien’s Mu­sic and at the door.


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