Kit Downes Quintet
The Hen & Chicken, 210 North St, Bristol, BS3 1JF
£15/£13 (OAP's/students) Jazz
Sunday 9 February 2014
Doors 7.30 for 8.15pm start
Kit Downes (Piano), James Allsopp (Bass Clarinet), Lucy Railton (Cello), Calum Gourlay (Bass), James Maddren (Drums)
At once dark and detailed, colourful and chaotic, this Quintet is the new project from UK pianist and composer Kit Downes. It features the talents of some of the UK's finest young musicians from jazz and classical music.
Kit Downes is a real piano virtuoso as was evident to Bristol audiences recently on his visit as part of Julian Argulles quartet. Classically trained and Mercury Prize nominated, he has been at the core of some of the most groundbreaking bands in recent years including Empirical and Troyka. In 2013 he was also nominated in the Rising Star category in American magazine Downbeat.
They have just released Kit's third album on Basho Records in April 2013 entitled 'Light from Old Stars' - following on from Kit's Mercury Award nominated album 'Golden' (Basho 2009) and the critically acclaimed 'Quiet Tiger' (Basho 2011).
Jazz Album of the Month, 4 stars MOJO magazine: :'...perhaps the most admired and creative musician of his generation....Lucy Railton's Cello and James Allsopp's reeds bring unfeasible depth to this magnificent ensemble.'
"Kit Downes is the most impressive jazz pianist from England since John Taylor"
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Date: Sunday, February 09, 2014