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A Blast From The Past

Label: Openian
Released: 2018
Track listing: Apparition; Shadows Of Shadows; Brasilian Beauty; On The Wing; Chain Reaction; Desert Haze; Journey With The Blues.

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Bob Downes Open Music: A Blast From The Past

Read "A Blast From The Past" reviewed by Roger Farbey


The only (slight) problem with this album is its rather whimsical title which considerably undersells its significance. In his long career, Bob Downes has made some substantial contributions to jazz and improvised music, and this album is an important addition to his discography. Comprised of previously-unreleased archival pieces dating back to the 1970s, Downes can be ...

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Let Your Mind...Space Out

Label: Openian
Released: 2017
Track listing: Let Your Mind Space Out; Genie; Thelonious; On The Run; Predator; Land Of The Red Man; Magdalena Jetelova; Chant; Feelin' Good; Natural Being; Him Bin Go; Going On A Journey.

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Bob Downes Open Music: Let Your Mind...Space Out

Read "Let Your Mind...Space Out" reviewed by Roger Farbey


Any CD release by Bob Downes is a significant event but the psych-entitled Let Your Mind...Space Out is important because it also celebrates the 80th birthday of this virtuoso jazz multi-instrumentalist. It's hard to credit that Downes, like his contemporaries Mike Westbrook and Mike Gibbs has now achieved octogenarian status, given that his early oeuvre was ...

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Blowin' With Bass

Label: Openian
Released: 2016
Track listing: Occidental Oriental; Touch Down; Dawn Dreams; Just a Minute; Dark Corners; Starbust Galaxy; Cocowanna; On the Edge; Coasting; Joy Ride; Bluesing; Living for a Dream.

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Bob Downes Open Music: Blowin' With Bass

Read "Blowin' With Bass" reviewed by Claudio Bonomi


Bob Downes, compositore e polistrumentista britannico, estrae dal proprio magic box un'altra chicca che farà fellce gli appassionati di jazz, o meglio, di British Jazz. Il movimento che, a partire della fine degli anni Sessanta, produsse un pimpante manipolo di musicisti-pionieri che ancora oggi calcano le scene internazionali come Evan Parker, John Surman, Keith Tippett, John ...

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Bob Downes and The Alphorn Brothers

Label: Openian
Released: 2015
Track listing: Heading For The Blues; Stomping; Dawn Approach; Dr. Love; I Got The Drift Baby; Goin’ Down To New Orleans; The Prowler; God Bless Your Blues; Pink Elephants; Sundown; When the Blues Are Bluer Than Blue; Reflections; Tatsunori Hasebe.

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Bob Downes: Bob Downes and The Alphorn Brothers

Read "Bob Downes and The Alphorn Brothers" reviewed by Roger Farbey


This surely must be one of the strangest team-ups in jazz? A trio of German alpine horn players and British expatriate and jazz phenomenon Bob Downes. It may be an unconventional alliance, but somehow this album works at a very convincing level. Recorded in 2004 in his adopted home country of Germany, Downes wrote and arranged ...

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New York Suite

Label: Openian
Released: 2011
Track listing: Skywalkers; Coke; Cuban Chinese; Cops; Times Square; Harlem Blues; The Chase; Do Not Enter; 39 Street; Now You See It, Now You Don't; Shucks; New York City.

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Bob Downes Open Music: New York Suite

Read "New York Suite" reviewed by Roger Farbey


British flautist/saxophonist Bob Downes recorded some compelling albums in the early '70s and then, coinciding with his permanent relocation to Germany at the end of the decade, disappeared from the UK jazz scene. The music didn't stop with his migration though, as he subsequently produced several solo flute albums for his own label, Openian.


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