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Kit Downes Trio

Jez Nelson presents Kit Downes's trio in session at the 2010 Cheltenham Jazz Festival, with James Maddren (drums) and Calum Gourlay (double bass).

Jez Nelson presents hotly tipped pianist Kit Downes's trio, with drummer James Maddren and Calum Gourlay on double bass, recorded at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival in May. Downes is a versatile player who, as part of a wave of twenty-something British musicians, has spent the past few years exploring new directions in jazz. Last heard on Jazz On 3 a few weeks ago playing organ in avant-blues-rock trio Troyka, he's also a member of the dark and explosive Golden Age of Steam. As a classic piano, bass and drums trio, Downes's own group makes more obvious reference to the jazz tradition than either of the above, but the group's sound looks forwards as well as back, and showcases Kit's voice as both a distinctive contemporary composer and an economical and thoughtful improviser.

Presenter: Jez Nelson
Producers: Robert Abel & Peggy Sutton.

1 hour, 45 minutes

Music Played

  • Phronesis

    Abraham's New Gift

    • Alive.
    • Edition.
  • Kit Downes Trio recorded at Cheltenham Jazz Festival, 1 May 2010

    • Untitled

      Line up: Kit Downes (piano), Calum Gourlay (bass), James Maddren (drums)

    • Kit Downes - Jump Minzi Jump

      Composer: Kit Downes

    • Kit Downes - Fritzy Patsi

      Composer: Kit Downes

    • Kit Downes - Skip James

      Composer: Kit Downes

    • Kit Downes - Brixen

      Composer: Kit Downes

    • Kit Downes - Foinas

      Composer: Kit Downes

  • Ethan Iverson interviews Gunther Schuller about his concept of Third Stream music

    • The Miles Davis Nonet

      Moon Dreams

      • Birth of the Cool.
      • Capitol Jazz.
    • The Modern Jazz Society

      The Queen's Fancy

      • A Concert Of Contemporary Music.
      • Verve.
    • The Modern Jazz Quartet and Orchestra

      Concertino for Jazz Quartet and Orchestra

      • The Modern Jazz Quartet and Orchestra.
      • Atlantic.
    • Gunther Schuller

      All About Rosie

      • The Birth of the Third Stream.
      • Columbia.
    • John Lewis


      • Jazz Abstractions.
      • Atlantic.
    • Eric Dolphy

      Stormy Weather

      • Candid Dolphy.
      • Candid Records.


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