Young British pianist and composer who plays in a bewildering variety of other groups as well as leading his own trio and quintet. The quintet recording “Light From Old Stars” (Basho Records 2013) was released under Downes’ sole name as was “Tricko” (Coup Perdu, 2015), a duo set with cellist Lucy Railton.
"An impressive artistic statement from Downes. There's a growing maturity about the way he has created a unique ensemble sound that references everything from chamber music to the blues."
"An astonishingly mature record, superbly realised. "Tricko" illustrates what a versatile and fully rounded musician Downes has become."
"Downes' command of melody, texture, colour and nuance draws you totally into his sound world. This is rich, evocative music that utterly transcends any perceived limitations about its format."
"It is a truly beautiful album, with a translucent, other worldly quality, but is simultaneously possessed of a musical depth and a seriousness of purpose that surpasses mere ‘prettiness’."
JAZZ MANN FEATURES
Ian Mann on the final day of the Festival and performances by Led Bib, Asha Parkinson, Tara Cunningham. Isobella Burnham and Eddie Gomez.
"Super Saturday". Ian Mann visits five different venues for performances by Daylight Music, Gareth Lockrane Big Band, Jean Toussaint Sextet, Whirlwind Jazz Orchestra and Ben Williams & Sound Effect