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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

Tomato Brain

Label: Limited Noise
Released: 2020
Track listing: Loftopus, Parts 1-6; Tomato Brain.

Speak Low II

Label: We Jazz
Released: 2020
Track listing: Azure; I Think It's Going To Rain Today; What's New / There Comes A Time; Wild Is The Wind; By This River; Black Is The Color Of My True Love's Hair; Ballad Of The Drowned Girl; So Long; Speak Low.

Warmer Than Blood

Label: Whirlwind Recordings
Released: 2020
Track listing: Irish Handcuffs (Introduction); Irish Handcuffs; Warmer Than Blood; FTM; C Squad; Not My Usual Type; The Internet; Moira; Rendered.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Lucia Cadotsch: Speak Low II

Read "Speak Low II" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

On their sophomore effort, the multinational European trio around Swiss vocalist Lucia Cadotsch follows the band's initial instinct of organically dissecting and rearranging old favorites of the respective band members. This time around the trio is expanded by English keyboartdist Kit Downes' occasional organ embellishments and Lucy Railton's additions of odd melodic cello lines to conceptually ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Elina Duni & Rob Luft: Songs Of Love And Exile

Read "Elina Duni & Rob Luft: Songs Of Love And Exile" reviewed by Chris May

The British guitarist Rob Luft has already released one of the great albums of 2020 with Life Is The Dancer (Edition), which came out back in the spring. Now Luft notches up another 2020 highlight with the collaborative Lost Ships (ECM), jointly conceived and co-led with the Albanian-Swiss singer Elina Duni. By turns passionate and grave, ...

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Tim Garland Launches His Winter Encounters Series

Tim Garland Launches His Winter Encounters Series

This December, Tim Garland launches his “Winter Encounters”—a series of unique trio performances, beautifully filmed and streamed from Oak Gable Studios. Each 45-minute set features a unique collaboration of world-class musicians followed by a live Q&A session with the artists, starting with Kit Downes & Norma Winstone on December 6th. Over the last 30 years, British ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Chris Montague: Warmer Than Blood

Read "Warmer Than Blood" reviewed by Chris May

Spring 2020 has produced two notable albums from British guitarists. In April we had Rob Luft's exquisite Life Is The Dancer (Edition). In May we have Chris Montague's own-name debut, Warmer Than Blood. Like Luft, Montague writes engaging tunes and both albums are engagingly melodic; Montague's arrangements, however, are more open-ended, giving the music a collective ...

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Roger Rota

Read "Roger Rota" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

1. Stravinsky, Chamber Works & Rarities, (Decca). I lavori da camera di Stravinsky mi hanno sempre affascinato per la ricchezza melodica che li pervade. In particolare “Pastorale," un brano che ascoltai per la prima volta almeno trent'anni fa e che da allora riascolto periodicamente. Una melodia sognante che potrebbe non finire mai, sorretta da ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Matthew Jacobson: Rituals Of Sound And Time

Read "Matthew Jacobson: Rituals Of Sound And Time" reviewed by Ian Patterson

For someone whose livelihood and lifeblood are all about rhythms, the COVID-19 lockdown, with its very different rhythms, must be extremely frustrating. Especially when, as is the case with Matthew Jacobson, renowned drummer, composer, promotor and record label manager, there is no drum kit in his Dublin apartment. “I've been doing more work on ...


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