Andrew Scott (Canadian jazz guitarist)

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Andrew Scott
Birth name Andrew Jacob Scott
Origin Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Guitarist
Instruments Guitar

Andrew Jacob Scott is a Toronto based jazz guitarist. He has released two recordings on Sackville Records: This One's for Barney and Blue Mercer. Both recordings have received critical acclaim and extensive airplay on Canadian and International radio.[citation needed]

Scott is the managing editor of CODA, a jazz magazine.

Music career[edit]

Scott attended Humber College, the New England Conservatory of Music, and York University. He currently teaches at Humber College, Seneca College, and York University.[citation needed]

Scott has performed or recorded as a guitarist with Bob James, Mike Murley, Warren Hill, Jeff Golub, Randy Sandke, Perry White, Harry Allen, Bernie Senensky, Terry Clarke, Phil Stewart, Don Thompson, Marvin Stamm, Bob Moses, Duncan Hopkins, Terry Lukiwski, Merl Saunders, Phil Dwyer, Jake Wilkinson, William Carn, Terry Promane, Steve McDade, One Step Beyond, Andrew Downing, Tony Trishka, Mark Kelso, Jim Hillman, Will Jarvis, Steve Lucas, Dave Restivo, Ted Warren, Kieran Overs, Rik Emmett, Mike Reno, Greg Keelor, Moe Berg, Alfie Zappacosta, Carol Welsman, Eddie Bullen, Liberty Silver, Brian Hughes, Demo Cates, Marc Jordan, Four80East, Alexander Zonjic and Vassar Clemens.[citation needed]

Scott is the co-leader (with Jim Clayton), guitarist and composer for the Clayton/Scott Group. The band won Group of the Year, 2005 and 2006 at the Canadian Smooth Jazz Awards and Best Jazz Recording, 2004 Canadian Urban Music Awards. The Clayton/Scott Group was nominated for "Best Electric Group" at the National Jazz Awards in 2005.[citation needed]

Selected discography[edit]

With the Andrew Scott Quartet

  • This One's for Barney (Sackville, 2004)
  • Blue Mercer (Sackville, 2006)

With the Clayton/Scott Group

  • The Clayton/Scott Group (CSG, 2002)
  • So Nice (Boomtang/Koch, 2004)

With One Step Beyond

  • One Step Beyond (Mo'Funk, 1996)
  • One Step Beyond and J&B Scotch (J&B, 1998)
  • Live in Montreal (OSB, 1998)

Critical reception[edit]

  • "The leader shows off a keen ear both for melody and buoyant rhythm, mindful of a Kenny Burrell or Barney Kessel. "My Shining Hour", "Have a Heart" and "Day in Day Out" induce superlative playing and Scott's title track brews nicely." – Geoff Chapman, Toronto Star (on 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." – Don Brown, Wholenote (on Blue Mercer)
  • "...A record of straight ahead bebop as invigorating as the best in Barney Kessel's own catalogue. No joke: Most small-combo standards sessions don't light up like this one." – Russell Carlson, JazzTimes (on This One's for Barney)
  • "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" – Russell Carlson, JazzTimes (on This One's for Barney)

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