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Musician

Kit Downes

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After studying at both the Purcell School of Music and the Royal Academy of Music - Kit now plays regularly with his own trio, Stan Sulzman, Troyka, The Golden Age of Steam, Sam Crockatt and Clark Tracey - and has played with Joe Locke, Gilad Atzmon, Empirical, Gerard Presencer, Seb Rochford, Ian Ballamy, Peter Ind, Gwyneth Herbert, John Warren and Eugene Skeef. He has also performed with leading British bands Fraud, Asaf Sirkis’ Inner Noise, Gilad Atzmon’s Orient House Ensemble, Acoustic Ladyland, Nostalgia 77, 2000 Black, Silhouette Brown and Dennis Rollins’ Badbone and Co. He has also worked with up and coming Composer / Songwriter Micachu, with whome he recorded in Abbey Road for Matthew Herbert, recorded for BBC Radio 6 and played at the Sonar Music Festival ’07 in Barcelona

Album

Deadeye

Label: Dox Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Deadeye; Mbira; Stingaloon; Song for the Sea; Hokus; Sonatina; Wild Bill; Dolasilla Returns the Treasure; Familiar; Ninna Nanna per Adulteri; The Wayfaring Stranger.

Album

Vermillion

Label: ECM Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Minus Monks; Sister, Sister; Seceda; Plus Puls; Rolling Thunder; Sandilands; Waders; Class Fails; Bobbl's Song; Math Amager; Castles Made of Sand.

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Article: Record Label Profile

We Jazz Records: Finland's indie label shaking up the global conversation

Read "We Jazz Records: Finland's indie label shaking up the global conversation" reviewed by Rob Garratt


The past decade's genre-bending jazz renaissance has been well-documented, but between the trailblazing players taking improvised music to increasingly hip places, and the ever-growing audience queuing up to hear them, sits the homegrown labels bottling these brave, thrilling (r)evolutions for all to hear. In conversations about the state of jazz today, it's often easier to distil ...

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Article: Album Review

Deadeye: Deadeye

Read "Deadeye" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay


Many years ago, jazz combos simply called themselves after one of their number: the Dudley Moore Trio, the Miles Davis Quintet, and so on. The tradition still lingers, but even a well-established format such as the Hammond organ trio must sometimes follow the modern trend of adopting a name that is at once original and also ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

John Scofield, Koma Saxo, Elias Stemeseder, Biréli Lagrène & More New Releases

Read "John Scofield, Koma Saxo, Elias Stemeseder, Biréli Lagrène & More New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


In this segment several projects featuring the restless Swedish bassist Petter Eldh, solo projects by guitar masters and a young piano virtuoso, interesting combinations of forward looking jazz and strings, & more.Happy listening!PlaylistBen Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 Koma Saxo, Sofja Jernberg “Lo Ve Ko Ma" ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Kit Downes personal Brexit

Read "Kit Downes personal Brexit" reviewed by David Bixler


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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Stephanie McKay, Timo Lassy, Alexander Hawkins, Kit Downes & Other New Releases

Read "Stephanie McKay, Timo Lassy, Alexander Hawkins, Kit Downes & Other New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Welcome back to our weekly tasting menu of the best new jazz delicacies the international scene has to offer. This week we highlight two releases that draw attention to historic developments with stellar rosters of contributing artists, Music for Ukraine and Black Lives—from Generation to Generation, and on the brand new album by the Michael Leonhart ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Releases From Turner, Downes, Amba, Halvorson, And More

Read "New Releases From Turner, Downes, Amba, Halvorson, And More" reviewed by Bob Osborne


On this week's show we have all new releases from Kit Downes, Mark Turner, Orquestra Inorgánica, Way North, Yves Léveillé, and Zoh Amba featuring William Parker and Francisco Mela, plus a preview of an excellent new suite of music from Mary Halvorson. Playlist Show Intro 00:00 Kit Downes “Minus Monk" from Vermillion (ECM) 00:41 ...

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Article: Extended Analysis

Music For Ukraine

Read "Music For Ukraine" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Music For Ukraine is a benefit album whose proceeds are intended solely for humanitarian aid in Ukraine. This gargantuan compilation features artists from the roster of Finnish label We Jazz Records. The twenty-six tracks—contemporary jazz for the most part, with the odd foray into modern chamber and electronica-tinged experimentalism—amount to two-and-a-half hours of compelling music. A ...


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