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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

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

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 ...

ARTICLE: MY PLAYLIST

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 ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Let Spin: Steal The Light

Read "Steal The Light" reviewed by Chris May

Formed in 2014, London's Let Spin is an electric quartet peopled by musicians who emerged around a decade earlier as part of a scene which was rather lazily dubbed “punk jazz" by British music journalists. The music was certainly loud, irreverent and in-your-face, but it was played by musicians who were conservatoire graduates, a demographic not ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

James Carter, Milt Jackson, Logan Richardson and More

Read "James Carter, Milt Jackson, Logan Richardson and More" reviewed by Joe Dimino

This week we open with a live cut from Newport Jazz recorded by James Carter and his Organ Trio. From there, we do what Neon Jazz is known for .. doing interviews and probing into the life of today's jazz musician, as we profile Kit Downes and hear new music from Kansas City-native Logan Richardson. Then, ...

Dreamlife of Debris

Label: ECM Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: Sculptor; Circinus; Pinwheel; Bodes; Sunflower; M7; Twin; Blackeye.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Kit Downes: Dreamlife of Debris

Read "Dreamlife of Debris" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Kit Downes' ECM debut marked a substantial departure from his earlier recordings with saxophonist Tomas Challenger. Wedding Music (Loop Records, 2013) and Vyamanikal (Slip Imprint, 2016) were rhythmically complex with abstruse melodies that tended toward repetitive patterns and drones. With his ECM title Obsidian (2018), Downes, still on organ, worked in a more solidly constructed environment, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Jonny Mansfield: Elftet

Read "Elftet" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Even within the relatively short time span of his burgeoning career, vibraphonist and composer Jonny Mansfield has amassed an impressive array of music prizes. These include the prestigious Kenny Wheeler Jazz Prize from the Royal Academy of Music which made this recording possible. But far from resting on his laurels, Mansfield has been busy gigging throughout ...


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