The debut album by globe-trotting percussionist Curtis Andrews.
An impressive collection of original compositions evoking West African, jazz, Carnatic styles and some things that don't quite fit into any category.
"engaging, uplifting and warmly human"
"a rich multi-cultural banquet"
"Andrews delivers an eclectic, jazzy and rich international musical palette"
released December 18, 2008
Physical copies available upon request.
Here I will not write "thank yous" to every musician, organization and person I know. That is what this album is...a big "thank you" to who/whatever has influenced me directly or indirectly....whether it be a musician, a book, a sunrise, a teacher or a spirit.
However, some special mentions are in order:
My parents for all they have done for me and the tremendous support they have shown and continue to show for my endeavours.
My guru Trichy Sankaran.... he is an ocean and I will be content if I can be just one drop of that. Humblest namaskaram to him for his encouragement, inspiration and blessings. Nandri.
Kwasi Dunyo....you brought me into the world of African music and I am forever grateful for what you have taught me and the people I have met through you. Akpe nawo kple Torgbui Apetorku.
The musicians involved in the making of this music. I chose you all for a reason.
Thanks for making the music live and breathe.
Don Ellis....without you this recording would be nothing....your talent and ears never cease to amaze. Looking forward to the next time.
Anuradha Rao for all the love and support I could ask for. Mwah!
This music is dedicated to the late Don Wherry and John Wyre.
Don....for lighting the spark and making the connections. It is because of him that I am here today and doing what I do.
John...for the lessons over quiet cups of buckwheat tea.
Produced by Curtis Andrews
Engineered and mixed by The Great Don Ellis at Fat Tracks in a somewhat relaxed manner between Aug-Nov 2008, St. John's, NL
Mastered by Jeff Elliot
All photos (including cover) by Justin Hall
Design by Jud Haynes
This sound recording was made possible through grants from MusicNL and the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council.
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