Primary Instrument: Guitar
Toronto native and Sackville recording artist Andrew Scott has become the standard bearer for the next generation of great Canadian jazz musicians.
His many accomplishments include graduating from York University with a PhD in Musicology/ Ethnomusicology, but there is nothing academic about the way Andrew plays the guitar. His “clean, boppish style” has found him compared to everyone from Barney Kessel to Wes Montgomery. His fans include listeners the world over, including legendary musicians Gene DiNovi and George Benson.
Geoff Chapman of The Toronto Star on Andrew's debut Sackville release:
“The opening “This Could Be the Start of Something Big” could well be an omen for the talented Scott… Scott has been hiding his large light under a bushel but comes up trumps with this fine debut disc as a leader…Scott, who shows that driving, clean boppish Kessel style and has absorbed the best of Grant Green and Wes Montgomery…”
Don Brown of Wholenote Magazine on Andrew's latest Blue Mercer:
“The leader’s playing is a delight. Scott never hogs the spotlight but his buoyant pulse can be felt throughout. In his beautifully constructed solos one can hear the influence of Barney Kessel and Kenny Burrell. And traces of Wes Montgomery turn up in spots as well. But Scott is by no means a copyist. With his assured, yet relaxed, playing he has become his own man. Highly recommended.”
Russell Carlson, JazzTimes Magazine:
Scott saves himself for leads where his robust, authoritative tone and stunning improvisational command twist a melody like his Blues for Sonny around the fretboard until he’s wrung it for all it’s worth, and it’s great fun listening to him do it. This will likely be the most enjoyable album of its sort that you’re going to hear all year
Tracks: Too Marvellous For Words; My Shining Hour; Tangerine; Lullaby For Mason; Day In, Day Out; Blue Mercer; Have A Heart; The Days Of Wine And Roses; Dream; This Time The Dream's On Me.
Personnel: Andrew Scott: guitar. Randy Sandke: trumpet. Mike Murley: sax. Bernie Senensky, piano. Luis Simao, bass. Joel Haynes, drums.
This One's For Barney
Tracks: This Could Be The Start Of Something Big; I Concentrate On You; Nancy With The Laughing Face; Barney's Rag; Come Rain Or Come Shine; For Mindy; Blues For Sonny; If I Should Lose You; To The Moon And Back / My Romance.
Personnel: Andrew Scott: guitar; Harry Allen: sax. Jake Wilkinson: trumpet. Bernie Senensky, piano. Luis Simao, bass. Joel Haynes, drums.
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