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Kit Downes Quintet

Jez Nelson presents new music from the Kit Downes Quintet and a solo alto-saxophone set from Tony Kofi recorded at his Jazz In The Round night at The Cockpit, London.

Jez Nelson presents new music from the Kit Downes Quintet and a solo alto-saxophone set from Tony Kofi recorded at his Jazz In The Round night at The Cockpit, London.

Since his Mercury-nominated acoustic trio release in 2010, Kit Downes has been one of the UK's most talked-about young composer-pianists. Alongside that group - and the funk-edged keyboard sounds he adds to prog-jazzers Troyka and experimental outfit The Golden Age Of Steam - Kit's quintet has offered the opportunity for the subtlest of his compositional ideas to shine through. In this headline set he performs music from recently released record Light From Old Stars, with the warmth of Lucy Railton's cello and the textural possibilities offered by multi-reedsman James Allsopp being standout elements in the band's sound.

An original Jazz Warrior of the '90s, Tony Kofi comes from a different generation of British jazz musicians and over the last two decades has performed with some of the music's most notable acts, from Jazz Jamaica to Donald Byrd and US-3. Building on the work of his Monk Liberation Band, Kofi here presents 'Reflections of Monk', a concentrated solo improvisation for alto saxophone.

Celebrating the depth and diversity of the contemporary British jazz scene, Jez Nelson presents from the stage at The Cockpit in London, an in-the-round theatre set-up that helps to bring a real intimacy to these live jazz performances.

1 hour, 30 minutes

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Music Played

  • The Moses Boyd Ensemble recorded at The Cockpit Theatre, London on 29 May 2013

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      Line up: Binker Golding (tenor saxophone); Reuben James (piano); Fergus Ireland (double bass); Moses Boyd (drums)

    • Moses Boyd Ensemble

      N-4-N

      Composer: Moses Boyd

  • Tony Kofi speaks to Jez on stage

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  • Tony Kofi solo recorded at The Cockpit Theatre, London on 29 May 2013

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      Line up: Tony Kofi (alto saxophone)

    • Tony Kofi

      Reflections of Monk

      Composer: Thelonious Monk (Arr. Tony Kofi)

  • Critic and broadcaster Helen Mayhew speaks with Jez backstage

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  • The Kit Downes Quintet recorded at The Cockpit Theatre, London on 29 May 2013

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      Line up: James Allsopp (tenor saxophone / clarinet / bass clarinet); Lucy Railton (cello); Kit Downes (piano); Callum Gourlay (double bass); James Maddren (drums)

    • Kit Downes Quintet

      What's The Rumpus

      Composer: Kit Downes

    • Kit Downes Quintet

      Jan Johansson

      Composer: Kit Downes

    • Kit Downes Quintet

      Bleydays

      Composer: Kit Downes

  • Kit Downes speaks to Jez on stage

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  • The Kit Downes Quintet recorded at The Cockpit Theatre, London on 29 May 2013

    • Kit Downes Quintet

      Quiet Tiger

      Composer: Kit Downes

    • Kit Downes Quintet

      Falling, Dancing

      Composer: Kit Downes

    • Kit Downes Quintet

      Outlawed

      Composer: Kit Downes

    • Kit Downes Quintet

      Two Ones

      Composer: Kit Downes

    • Kit Downes Quintet

      Wander and Colossus

      Composer: Kit Downes

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