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Multiple JUNO award winner Mike Downes is a Canadian bassist, composer, arranger and educator. Described “as gifted a composer as he is a bassist*," his melodic approach to bass playing, composing and arranging has kept him at the forefront of the Canadian jazz scene since the 1980s. His extensive discography includes projects as a band-leader, performer, composer and producer. His own Ripple Effect won a 2014 JUNO award for Traditional Jazz Album of the Year and Root Structure was the 2018 JUNO award winner for Jazz Album of the Year: Solo. Root Structure inspired UK Vibe to write “5/5 - This album is as close to perfect as it is possible to get and fully warrants its rating here

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Crazy Time

Label: Stubby Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Cat Walk; Makin' it Right; Have a Good One; Wandering Heart; Good Karma; Crazy Time; Even Demons Get the Blues; Turbulence; Let It Go; Blue Chameleon.

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Take Five with Bartosz Hadala

Read "Take Five with Bartosz Hadala" reviewed by Bartosz Hadala


Meet Bartosz Hadala Bartosz Hadala was born in Stalowa Wola, Poland and started his musical education at the age 7 at the local School of Music. Still as a teenager he participated in competitions, workshops and festivals. He became the youngest finalist in the Mieczyslaw Kosz International Jazz Piano Competition at the age 15. Two years ...

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Cat Walk

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Label: Stubby Records
Released: 2020
Duration: 03:47

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Lee Morgan, Mike Downes & Nick Sanders

Read "Lee Morgan, Mike Downes & Nick Sanders" reviewed by Joe Dimino


With a legendary voice out of jny: Cleveland, Ohio on an ablum paying full respects to Tadd Dameron, we start the 599th episode of Neon Jazz with the tune “Kitchenette Across the Hall." From there, we listen to Sarah Vaughan and hear the great Tadd Dameron with his Sextet with the tune “The Squirrel." As the ...

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John Pittman: Kinship

Read "Kinship" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


The ineluctable charms of John Pittman's music may very well be connected to the sense of fellow feeling he projects on this, his debut album. For in these eight songs, the Canadian trumpeter promotes a sense of togetherness and unity that cuts not only to the title at hand, but also to the very core of ...

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Root Structure

Label: Addo Records
Released: 2017
Track listing: Momentum; Heart of the Matter; Miles; Moving Mountains; The Raven; Root Structure; Flow; Pre-Prelude; Prelude & Variations; Matter of the Heart

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Root Structure

Label: Addo Records
Released: 2017
Track listing: Momentum; Heart Of The Matter; Miles; Moving Mountains; The Raven; Root Structure; Flow; Pre- Prelude; Prelude And Variations; Matter Of The Heart.

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Article: Album Review

Mike Downes: Root Structure

Read "Root Structure" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


Bassist Mike Downes likes to explore what rests at the heart of an idea and what makes things tick. That's essentially the notion that waters the roots of Root Structure. It's a thought process that gives Downes grounding while also freeing him from the constraints of a more rigid conceptual frame. The three ...

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Momentum

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Label: Addo Records
Released: 2017
Duration: 05:50


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