Reviews for Great Uncles of the Revolution
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Winners of Canada's 2003 Juno Award for their Chicken Scratch CD (Roots/Traditional Group Album of the Year) and edging toward even greater prominence thanks to their appearance on Kelly Joe Phelps' Slingshot Professionals, slide guitarist Steve Dawson and violinist/mandolinist Jesse Zubot team with acoustic bassist Andrew Downing (doubling on pump organ) and trumpeter Kevin Turcotte as the Great
With eclecticism increasingly the norm in improvised music, it takes a lot to confound expectations, yet the quartet The Great Uncles of the Revolution manages to accomplish it.
This is essentially Zubot and Dawson under the direction of their bass player Andrew Downing, who happens to write quirky, contemporary, acoustic compositions, and who has a knack for arranging. The trumpet and fiddle play a great role here–the centre of attention, in fact–yet they’re never overplayed.