Ubuntu Music Live Presents:

Andrew McCormack Trio 'Terra Firma'

Album Launch

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Last Show: Tuesday 1 st November 2022

PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho)

British piano virtuoso Andrew McCormack has teamed up with fast rising bassist Joe Downard and supreme US drummer Rod Youngs to complete a super trio that delivers wide ranging contemporary piano trio jazz in the vein of Keith Jarrett and Brad Mehldau. McCormack has been an essential partner with the Kyle Eastwood Band, while both Downard and Youngs remain some the most in demand players on the London and international jazz scene. Tonight celebrates the release of McCormack’s latest trio album, Terra Firma, on Ubuntu Music. Expect world class exuberant interplay from these exceptional artists.

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“Now at the pinnacle of his compositional powers”

BBC Music Magazine

Pianist Andrew McCormack has built a diverse international career with many appearances at major festivals and concert halls all over the globe.

On 28th October 2022, Andrew’s latest album, Terra Firma, is released on Ubuntu Music, which features his new trio consisting of rising star Joe Downard on bass (also on Ubuntu Music) and veteran Rod Youngs on drums (a regular musician on the Label).

 Andrew describes his recent work, prior to Terra Firma: "For the past few years I’ve been focussing on my Prog-jazz outfit, Graviton. Although I find this genre of music stimulating and a lot of fun, when the lockdowns came upon us, I found myself working on ideas and skills based around the acoustic jazz piano genre again. Musically, it’s my home; it’s where I started. Perhaps there was even some comfort in doing that. My instincts tell me that audiences may need the same."

McCormack continues: “This album also marks my return to the trio format, where I began with my debut album, Telescope, over almost two decades earlier. I’ve been playing with Rod Youngs since the early 2000s in Gary Crosby’s Nu Troop and extensively with Denys Baptiste’s epic Let Freedom Ring project. We go way back! I’m happy to have become acquainted with Joe Downard more recently. He’s part of a new generation of skilled but forward-looking musicians who also happens to live just round the corner from me in Camberwell. It reminds me of my Prospect Park days in Brooklyn, where all my neighbours were musicians.”

Band Line Up

Andrew McCormack (piano)

Joe Downard (acoustic bass)

Rod Youngs (drums)