Seeking gifts, traversed afar? Get Jazzed this Yule with Saxophonist Andre Woodvine of Barbados

Last minute shopper? Need a cute story to go with a cool gift? So, tell me – when are your wife’s shoeboxes useful? Apart from the late Imelda Marcos, not much unless you are an innovative Jazz artiste like Andre Woodvine who became environmentally sound while recycling her old kit into a drum gobo! He also was a bit of MacGyver in that he found alternate uses for carpets and drapes as studio baffles to record his latest album, “Fix it on Monday.” Quirky liner notes probably from the Market Ninja, Lee Sorenson.

"Some Assembly Required," "Coco Noel," "Citronella" and "Voyager" are his previous CD's, go to and place your order

"Some Assembly Required," "Coco Noel," "Citronella" and "Voyager" are his previous CD's, go to and place your order

This latest disk sees Andre as part of a quartet, with David Burnett on the skins, as Richard “Bill” Evans strums the bass while Stefan Walcott tickles the synths. The album’s title is about everyone’s secret desire for procrastination, the track itself is rather like a mix between calypso and rhumba and sounds like it’s the theme for a Caribbean romantic comedy…

Hints of Brubeck can be found in “One of our beats is missing,” then there’s “Trane wreck” yes, that’s how it’s spelt – probably a reference to the legendary John Coltrane, very likely a mentor and muse for young Mr Woodvine. Reggae is the subtle undercurrent for “The out crowd.”

Do not judge titles and assume you can guess what you’ll hear on this 9-track Andre Woodvine album with over an hour of music – with the phrase “Matinik,” one may tend to feel this is a corruption of Martinique and therefore zouk would be in order for one to hear… Have no idea what happened to “Matinik 1” nor “Matinik 2,” but a “Matinik 3” is a breezy introspective number where each member of the quartet is out front and centre for a leisurely contemplation – perhaps of the year gone by? Visit CD-Baby or e-mail Andre to get your copy now!

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