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Kit Downes


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


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David Preston: Purple / Black Vol. One

Read "Purple / Black Vol. One" reviewed by Neil Duggan

Guitarist David Preston, one third of Preston-Glasgow-Lowe, has previously released two recordings with that trio, exhibiting an intense fusion-based style. He is often found sharing on-stage credentials with musicians such as Emma Rawicz and Melody Gardot. For Purple / Black Vol. One, his debut recording as leader, he has opted for a simpler, more distinctive soundscape ...


Article: Live Review

Brilliant Corners 2024

Read "Brilliant Corners 2024" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Brilliant Corners 2024 Black Box/Accidental Theatre jny:Belfast, N. Ireland March 1-9, 2024 At a time when veteran rock acts on their last legs are asking cash-strapped punters to part with hundreds of pounds to stand in a stadium to hear the same hits as the last tour, and the tour ...


Article: Album Review

Alex Hitchcock: Dream Band: Live in London

Read "Dream Band: Live in London" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

This is a bold expedition into the heart of progressive jazz, rendered across a vast canvas of three enthralling nights at the Vortex Jazz Club in London. This three-CD collection is not just a mere album, but a grand, audacious gathering of talents which blurs the line between a larger ensemble setup and a ...


Article: Album Review

Alex Hitchcock: Dream Band Live In London

Read "Dream Band Live In London" reviewed by Chris May

Viewed in retrospect, the abiding memory of 2023 is that it produced too many jazz albums prioritizing technical facility over emotional engagement. In London, New York and elsewhere (but not, so it seemed, in Chicago), musicians appeared to focus on virtuosity rather than feeling. Dullsville. For the record, some of those albums that did put soul ...


Dream Band Live In London

Label: Whirlwind Recordings
Released: 2023
Track listing: Disc 1: Abaqua; Verglas; Oblique; Cakeism (Intro); Cakeism; Cakeism (Alternate Take). Disc 2: Momentum; Grace (Intro); Grace (Part 1); Grace (Part 2); Cat Circles; Red (Intro); Red; North Field. Disc 3: Rio; Brocken (Intro); Brocken; Lift; Sach; Differentials.


A Short Diary

Label: ECM Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: This Tune Your Ears Will Never Hear; Communal Decisions; Night of Quiet; Love You Grampa; Our Time is Still; Silver Light; Ten of Us; Even Now I Think of Her.


Dream Band: Live in London

Label: Whirlwind Recordings
Released: 2023
Track listing: Abaqua; Verglas; Oblique; Cakeism (Intro); Cakeism; Cakeism (Bonus); Momentum; Grace (Intro); Grace (Part 1); Grace (Part 2); Cat Circles; Red (Intro); Red; North Field; Rio; Brocken (Intro); Brocken; Lift; Sach; Differentials (Bonus).


Purple / Black Vol. One

Label: Whirlwind Recordings
Released: 2023
Track listing: O. Winston; Cassino Dream; Urtext; Purple / Black; Blues Klemens; Salem Ascending; Prison Lullaby; Shade of Shibuya; VHS Poem; Susie Q's.


Article: Live Review

Belgrade Jazz Festival 2023

Read "Belgrade Jazz Festival 2023" reviewed by Martin Longley

Dom Omladine / MTS Dvorana Belgrade, SerbiaOctober 24-29, 2023 Following the financial turbulence of 2022's Belgrade Jazz Festival, this year's edition, the 39th, resounded with a sturdier sureness, getting back to a confident momentum. Its programme was as reliably impressive as ever, particularly in the quality of its international bookings. We ...


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