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Lewis, Downing & Martin

On a Short Path from Memory to Forgotten

Lewis, Downing & Martin: On a Short Path from Memory to Forgotten (Barnyard)

This exquisite improvising trio in a passionate and lyrical sequence of group improvisations, introducing one of Toronto's extraordinary creative music ensembles.

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UPC: 777320156228

Label: Barnyard
Catalog ID: BR0311
Squidco Product Code: 12881

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2010
Country: Canada
Packaging: Digipack
Recorded August 13 2008 @ Canterbury Music Company with Jeremy Darby and Jean Martin except for Groove , Shine and On a Short Path recorded February 27, 2008 @ The Farm. Mixed and Mastered by Jean Martin at The Farm, Toronto ON Canada.


Jim Lewis-trumpet

Andrew Downing-bass

Jean Martin-drums

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track listing:

1. Groove 3:16

2. Shine 2:20

3. Fifteen 5:09

4. On A Short Path 4:21

5. Four 8:05

6. Six 3:35

7. Seven 6:24

8. Eight 9:09

9. Thirteen 10:40

10. Fourteen 3:37
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"The exquisite improvising trio of Jim Lewis, trumpet; Andrew Downing,double-bass; and Jean Martin, drums and trumophone, launch On a Short Path from Memory to Forgotten. This passionate and lyrical sequence of group improvisations introduces one of Toronto's extraordinary creative music ensembles. The sound of an orchestra in a cozy little trio package."-Barnyard Records

Artist Biographies:

"Andrew Downing is a Toronto based double bass player, cellist, composer and educator born in London, Ontario in 1973. He plays primarily in the creative jazz scene in Canada, but also performs classical chamber music, improvised music, folk and roots music, and world music. He practices the unusual craft of tuning his bass in fifths an octave lower than a cello. His teachers include Jack Winn, Dave Young, Don Thompson, Shauna Rolston and Joel Quarrington.

His own projects span a wide variety of styles and practices. Most recently, he has begun a collaboration in İstanbul, Turkey with ud (Turkish lute) player Güç Başar Gülle that incorporates Ottoman Classical music in a collection of new compositions for ud, cello, percussion and kaval (a Turkish folk instrument). Their first album Anahtar will be released in October of 2013. He also has a collaborative multi-media project with Canadian songwriter John Southworth and visual artist Yesim Tosuner called Easterween featuring songs written by John and arranged by Andrew for his 7-piece chamber ensemble. He also leads his chamber-jazz ensemble Melodeon, which plays live scores for silent films such as The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Phantom of the Opera (with choir), Maciste in Hell, Impossible Voyage and The Shock.

As a composer, Andrew has written pieces for Nordic Folk group Ensemble Polaris, banjo player Jayme Stone, The Vancouver Bach Choir, Ensemble Meduse, Toca Loca and The Prince George Symphony, and has written arrangements for Patricia O'Callaghan, The Gryphon Trio, The Annex Quartet and The Art of Time Ensemble.

He has won two Juno awards, one for his own recording Blow The House Down with his former group Great Uncles of the Revolution, and one with the Vancouver-based group Zubot and Dawson. He has also won two West Coast Music Awards, a Socan Award, and the Grand Prix de Jazz from the Montreal Jazz Festival.

Andrew currently teaches double bass, composition and improvisation at the University of Toronto and has taught at Wilfred Laurier University, the Banff Centre's Jazz Workshop and the Creative Music Workshop in Halifax."

-Andrew Downing Website (

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"Musician, producer, Jean Martin was nominated for best drummer for the 2004 National Jazz Awards and is the recipient of the 2004 Freddy Stone Award. This award from the Minden foundation is for outstanding leadership, integrity and excellence in the area of contemporary music and Jazz

His group Barnyard Drama is an improvising duo featuring vocalist Christine Duncan. They toured Canadian festivals, summer 2004, promoting a CD intitled Memories and a list of things to do. The new cd I'm a Navvy was launched at the prestigious FIMAV and features guitarists Justin Haynes and Bernard Falaise.

Other recent releases are with trio Idiolalla with singers DB Boyko and Christine Duncan and the Vancouver based group Laconnor, this electronic, musique actuel group features Francois Houle on clarinet and lap top, Jesse Zubot on violin and lap top and Jean on drums and electronics. Laconnor toured Canadian Jazz festival 2006.

Jean has appeared and collaborated with: Eugene Chadbourne, Joe Fonda, Jesse Zubot, Juno nominated DD Jackson, David Murray, Don Byron, Dominic Duval, Mark Dresser, Wilbert de Joode, John Oswald, Francois Houle, Jean Derome, Frank Gratowski, Chelsea Bridge, Kevin Turcotte, Peggy Lee, Tony Wilson, Brad Turner, Lori Freedman, Tom Walsh, Pierre Tanguay, Marilyn Lerner, The National Arts Centre Orchestra, legendary Canadian blues man Dutch Mason, Andy Stochansky, Zubot & Dawson, Bob Fenton, Roddy Ellias, Tim Postgate's Jazzstory, Christine Duncan, Hugh Fraser, George Kohler, Bob Murphy, David Mott, The Bitches Brew Band, Rob Frayne, The Jivewires, Micheal Occhipinti, Rich Underhill, Justin Haynes, Hugh Marsh, The Henry's and many others.

He has appeared on a one hour TFO and BRAVO TV jazz special entitled, "DUOS" performing improvisations with Award winning trumpeter Kevin Turcotte. Jean participated in a new project put together by Ajay Heble and the Guelph Jazz festival. A Jazz Opera with the music of DD Jackson, featuring Peggy Lee, Brad Turner, John Geggie and Dean Boman among others. This piece was performed for the 10th annual Jazz festival in Guelph and in Vancouver in September 2003.

With the Jean Martin Trio: he has recorded 2 CD's and has toured Canada on three occasions, performing at most Jazz festivals in this country. The latest recording a completely improvised work was released with a tour in November 2003. The trio features guitarist Justin Haynes and national jazz awards winner, trumpeter Kevin Turcotte.

With Chelsea Bridge: He has released 5 CD's on Unity Page Records, has done 4 Canadian tours from '92 to '97, was featured at the Blue Note in NYC , the Molda International Jazz Festival in Norway and the Washington DC Jazz Fest (Canadian Jazz Ambassador Series).

With Juno winner DD Jackson: He has released 2 CD's on Justin Time Records, has toured France (including: Maubeuge & Rouen International Jazz Festivals, Feb. '97), 2 Canadian tours in '94 & '95 and was featured at various venues in Northern USA (Montana, Seattle, Buffalo and various clubs in NYC) including a CD release gig at the Fez Jazz Club in NYC, with legendary saxophonist David Murray."

-Barnyard Records (

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Other Releases With These Artists:
Palmer, Juliet
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The Make Project
Fraser, Nick (w/ Malaby / Downing / Clutton)
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Boyko, DB / Duncan, Christine / Martin, Jean
(Ambiances Magnetiques)
Martin & Haynes
Southworth, John
Human Cry
Fraser, Nick
Towns and Villages
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At Canterbury
Barnyard Drama
Christmas Singalong Volume 8
Barnyard Drama
Christmas Singalong Volume 7
Reveries, The
Matchmakers Volume 2: The Music of Sade
Martin, Haynes and Driver
Freedman at Western Front
Barnyard Drama
Christmas Singalong Volume 6
Tagaq, Tanya
Anuraaqtuq - Le Vent (The Wind)
(Les Disques Victo)
Element Choir, The & William Parker
At Christ Church Deer Park
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Memories and a List of Things to Do
Rampersaud / Shaw / Neal / Martin / Krakawiac
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Southworth, John
Human Cry
Gill, Tania
Bolger Station
Martin / Turcotte / Haynes
Get Together Weather
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Barnyard Drama Christmas Singalong Vol. 5
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At the Farm
Blah Blah 666
It's Only Life!
Martin, Jean & Colin Fisher
Little Man on the Boat
Martin, Jean & Evan Shaw
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I'm a Navvy
Falaise, Bernard
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(Drip Audio)
ZMF Trio
Circle The Path
(Drip Audio)
Boyko, DB / Duncan, Christine / Martin, Jean
(Ambiances Magnetiques)
Roger, Danielle Palardy
Bruiducoeur, prieres des infideles
(Ambiances Magnetiques)
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