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ARTICLE: THE BIG QUESTION

Presenting Problem

Read "Presenting Problem" reviewed by Duncan Heining

Jazz often appears to exist within its own cultural and artistic paradigm, isolated from other arts and in its own discreet musical corner. Worse still from the perspective of those who would hope to make a living from it, it often seems that more people want to play the music than listen to it or, more ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Bob Downes Open Music: Let Your Mind...Space Out

Read "Let Your Mind...Space Out" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Any CD release by Bob Downes is a significant event but the psych-entitled Let Your Mind...Space Out is important because it also celebrates the 80th birthday of this virtuoso jazz multi-instrumentalist. It's hard to credit that Downes, like his contemporaries Mike Westbrook and Mike Gibbs has now achieved octogenarian status, given that his early oeuvre was ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Bob Downes Open Music: It's A Mystery

Read "It's A Mystery" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Pursuing his self-styled Open Music route, multi-instrumentalist Bob Downes treads a very thin and courageous line between written jazz and total improvisation. Of his many recordings, some funky jazz rock, others wholly extemporized, there are several which involve organised pieces evolving into often lengthy improvisations. It's A Mystery (not to be confused with the pop song ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Bob Downes Open Music: Blowin' With Bass

Read "Blowin' With Bass" reviewed by Claudio Bonomi

Bob Downes, compositore e polistrumentista britannico, estrae dal proprio magic box un'altra chicca che farà fellce gli appassionati di jazz, o meglio, di British Jazz. Il movimento che, a partire della fine degli anni Sessanta, produsse un pimpante manipolo di musicisti-pionieri che ancora oggi calcano le scene internazionali come Evan Parker, John Surman, Keith Tippett, John ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Barry Guy: Ploughs into Swordshares (Part 1)

Read "Barry Guy: Ploughs into Swordshares (Part 1)" reviewed by Duncan Heining

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

Edgar Varèse's defiant statement in the face of public and critical indifference -"The present day composer refuses to die"--could so easily apply to composer-bassist Barry Guy. He has earned over the years a deep and lasting respect from certain fans and critics, though more so in ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Bob Downes: Bob Downes and The Alphorn Brothers

Read "Bob Downes and The Alphorn Brothers" reviewed by Roger Farbey

This surely must be one of the strangest team-ups in jazz? A trio of German alpine horn players and British expatriate and jazz phenomenon Bob Downes. It may be an unconventional alliance, but somehow this album works at a very convincing level. Recorded in 2004 in his adopted home country of Germany, Downes wrote and arranged ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Bob Downes: Deep Down Heavy

Read "Deep Down Heavy" reviewed by Vic Albani

Quando AAJ mi ha spedito questo CD, non volevo credere che sarebbe stato possibile arrivare alla ristampa di uno dei CD più particolari, curiosi e per certi versi assurdi pubblicati nell'ormai lontano 1970. Fu un anno davvero particolare per la musica europea che, sin dai primi mesi, dimostrò di credere seriamente a una sorta di “cambio ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Bob Downes Open Music: New York Suite

Read "New York Suite" reviewed by Roger Farbey

British flautist/saxophonist Bob Downes recorded some compelling albums in the early '70s and then, coinciding with his permanent relocation to Germany at the end of the decade, disappeared from the UK jazz scene. The music didn't stop with his migration though, as he subsequently produced several solo flute albums for his own label, Openian.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Bob Downes Open Music: 5 Trios

Read "5 Trios" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Forse pochi ricordano Bob Downes, il virtuoso del flauto, polistrumentista e compositore. Fece parlare di sè nella prima metà degli anni Settanta per le sue pirotecniche incursioni, sotto il nome di Bob Downes Open Music, nei generi più disparati, incrociando le sue ance con la musica d'avanguardia e l'elettronica, anticipando movimenti che negli anni successivi si sarebbero rivelati ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Bob Downes: Open Music

Read "Open Music" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Open Music è il disco di esordio del flautista inglese Bob Downes. Venne registrato e pubblicato nel 1969, lo stesso anno nel quale “Dream Journey," la lunga composizione che occupava il lato A della originale edizione in vinile, venne eseguita, a fine novembre, per il Ballet Rambert che l'aveva commissionata. L'album è decisamente più sperimentale e classicheggiante rispetto ai lavori successivi ...