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Mike Downes

Multiple JUNO award winner Mike Downes has been a major force in Canada's music scene since the early 80s. He has had the opportunity to work with a long list of international artists including Pat Metheny, Chris Potter, John Abercrombie, Kenny Wheeler, Dave Liebman and Donny McCaslin, along with many of Canada's top musicians including Don Thompson, Terry Clarke, Pat LaBarbera, Robi Botos and Molly Johnson. He has performed throughout Europe, Japan, South Korea, Brazil, Mexico, Iceland, the United States and Canada. His extensive discography as a bassist, composer, arranger and producer includes his own Ripple Effect (2014 JUNO winner for Traditional Jazz Album of the Year) and Root Structure (2018 JUNO winner for Jazz Album of the Year: Solo)

Crazy Time

Label: Stubby Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Cat Walk; Makin' it Right; Have a Good One; Wandering Heart; Good Karma; Crazy Time; Even Demons Get the Blues; Turbulence; Let It Go; Blue Chameleon

ARTICLE: RADIO

Lee Morgan, Mike Downes & Nick Sanders

Read "Lee Morgan, Mike Downes & Nick Sanders" reviewed by Joe Dimino

With a legendary voice out of jny: Cleveland, Ohio on an ablum paying full respects to Tadd Dameron, we start the 599th episode of Neon Jazz with the tune “Kitchenette Across the Hall." From there, we listen to Sarah Vaughan and hear the great Tadd Dameron with his Sextet with the tune “The Squirrel." As the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

John Pittman: Kinship

Read "Kinship" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The ineluctable charms of John Pittman's music may very well be connected to the sense of fellow feeling he projects on this, his debut album. For in these eight songs, the Canadian trumpeter promotes a sense of togetherness and unity that cuts not only to the title at hand, but also to the very core of ...

Root Structure

Label: Addo Records
Released: 2017
Track listing: Momentum; Heart of the Matter; Miles; Moving Mountains; The Raven; Root Structure; Flow; Pre-Prelude; Prelude & Variations; Matter of the Heart

Root Structure

Label: Addo Records
Released: 2017
Track listing: Momentum; Heart Of The Matter; Miles; Moving Mountains; The Raven; Root Structure; Flow; Pre- Prelude; Prelude And Variations; Matter Of The Heart.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Mike Downes: Root Structure

Read "Root Structure" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Bassist Mike Downes likes to explore what rests at the heart of an idea and what makes things tick. That's essentially the notion that waters the roots of Root Structure. It's a thought process that gives Downes grounding while also freeing him from the constraints of a more rigid conceptual frame. The three ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Shirantha Beddage: Momentum

Read "Momentum" reviewed by Dave Wayne

The fact that Momentum is only Shirantha Beddage's third album as a leader since 2007 suggests that he's either putting a lot of thought into his music, or that he has a lot of other stuff going on. One thing he has going on is composing music for the FX television series Fargo. Still, it's kind ...

In the Current

Label: Addo Records
Released: 2014
Track listing: In the Current Suite (In the Current / Parallel Streams / Re-emerging Linear Tones / Still Waters Run Deep / Re:currents); Ripple Effect; Smoky; Soleil Couchant; Whisper; Elation.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Mike Downes: In the Current

Read "In the Current" reviewed by Jack Bowers

In the Current, the fifth recording as leader by Canadian bassist Mike Downes--who doubles as composer / arranger--is the second (in a row) with an aqueous theme and the first performed by his “little big band," the Parallel Streams Ensemble. Downes' album Ripple Effect, recorded with his trio and special guest guitarist Ted Quinlan, earned a ...


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