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Paul Downie & Friends @Shere-E-Punjab
November 9 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EST
Join us for the evening to celebrate the release of new music by Paul Downie and Friends! Paul will perform many of the songs form the album as well as other material along with many of the musicians who played on the recording.
The event is free and open to the public. A cash bar is available at Shere-E-Punjab Indian Restaurant throughout the evening. Guests may make a reservation to have dinner prior to the event. The music will take place in the special event room, which is separate from the dining area. Complimentary hors d’ourves will be available during the performance. This event if family friendly–bring the kids!
CDs, T-shirts, and digital download stickers will be available for purchase. If you are interested in making a purchase but cannot attend, please contact Paul by private message.
The recording is currently available on iTunes here:
(or search for “Paul Downie In the Moment” in Apple music store)
on CD baby here:
And for streaming on Spotify (search for Paul Downie)
ABOUT THE RECORDING:
Paul Downie & Friends | In The Moment
Drummer and vocalist Paul Downie presents a new release in celebration of his 20th year in Philadelphia. Over the past two decades Paul has been blessed to meet many musicians as a performer and presenter of live music. He invited a host of these musicians to join him on two exploratory sessions. The result is an organic collection of tunes featuring talented players from a variety of styles. The recording features four of Paul’s original songs and four of his favorite covers, spanning Reggae, Jazz, and New Orleans R&B. Guest musicians include some of Paul’s long-time collaborators as well as friends he played with for the first time at the sessions. Paul enjoys collaborating with other drummers and percussionists. All tracks on the recording feature a second drum kit with the exception of the first song.
The recording kicks off with the playful original R&B tune Trinity, a tribute to life’s competing desires and obligations. Paul’s playing is strongly rooted in Caribbean styles as evident on the roots reggae track Sugar Belly. Also included here is a re-working of the classic Augustus Pablo song Java, a Jamaican “riddim” which has been used by countless reggae vocalists. Louisiana styles have also figured heavily into Paul’s ethos. Chicken Box leans toward zydeco, featuring accordion by Alex Uskuraitis and Paul is joined by one of Philly’s most notable champions of New Orleans style piano—Reverend Chris—on Big Chief. Rev also shares lead vocal duties on this one. Jazz selections include Lee Morgan’s Sidewinder and Sonny Rollins’ St. Thomas, each with strong soloing by respected Philly jazz players including Greg Kettinger, Frank Gattis, and Jeff Knoettner. The recording closes with Paul’s original 1876, a playful song performed by a large ensemble about the Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia. The arrangement borrows from early jazz stylings and features guest musician Richard Barnes from the Blackbird Society Orchestra, Philadelphia’s premier 1920s jazz band. Also featured here are long-time Philly sousaphone player Jimmy Parker (of West Philadelphia Orchestra, etc.) and the all-star horn section of Bob Howell (tenor sax), John Vanore (trumpet), Ken Ulansey (soprano sax) and Julius Brown (trombone), who did the horn arrangement. Very little overdubbing was utilized in the recording with the exception of 1876, which involved significant additional tracking after the initial session.