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Bob Downes

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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 ...

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Let Your Mind...Space Out

Label: Openian
Released: 2017
Track listing: Let Your Mind Space Out; Genie; Thelonious; On The Run; Predator; Land Of The Red Man; Magdalena Jetelova; Chant; Feelin' Good; Natural Being; Him Bin Go; Going On A Journey.

Album

It's A Mystery

Label: ReR Megacorp
Released: 2017
Track listing: It's A Mystery; Dream Journey; Imminent Danger; Predator; Floating Shapes; Night Fear; You Leave Me Breathless; Barker; Coming Together; Spaced Out; Surprise Encounters; Voodoo Man.

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Article: Album Review

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 ...

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Article: Album Review

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 ...

Album

Blowin' With Bass

Label: Openian
Released: 2016
Track listing: Occidental Oriental; Touch Down; Dawn Dreams; Just a Minute; Dark Corners; Starbust Galaxy; Cocowanna; On the Edge; Coasting; Joy Ride; Bluesing; Living for a Dream.

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Article: Album Review

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 ...

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Article: Profile

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 ...

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Bob Downes and The Alphorn Brothers

Label: Openian
Released: 2015
Track listing: Heading For The Blues; Stomping; Dawn Approach; Dr. Love; I Got The Drift Baby; Goin’ Down To New Orleans; The Prowler; God Bless Your Blues; Pink Elephants; Sundown; When the Blues Are Bluer Than Blue; Reflections; Tatsunori Hasebe.


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