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Kit Downes – Dreamlife Of Debris (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Kit Downes – Dreamlife Of Debris (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 44:40 minutes | 797 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © ECM

Dreamlife of Debris carries forward the story begun on Kit Downes’s Obsidian (issued by ECM in January 2018), extending and developing its processes and core ideas.

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Lewis Wright, Kit Downes – Duets (2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Lewis Wright, Kit Downes – Duets (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 32:40 minutes | 519 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Front Cover | © Signum Records

Award-winning British vibraphonist, composer and drummer Lewis Wright explodes the rhythmic and polyphonic possibilities offered by vibraphone and piano. His new album “Duets” reinforces his claim to be a very serious international musician. If you already thought as much – on the evidence of his exemplary vibes work with Empirical – then Duets adds a further seven case studies of exquisite chamber jazz, beautifully recorded at Air Studios.

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Kit Downes – Obsidian (2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Kit Downes – Obsidian (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 45:38 minutes | 802 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download  | Booklet, Front Cover | © ECM

Kit Downes isn’t like any other church organist. Also a pianist, the Brit juggles with the pipes in a most original way. Even if Obsidian is released by ECM, it’s nonetheless hard to call it jazz. Incidentally, in the catalogue of the label from Munich, not everything is jazz… Over the last few years, Downes has been revisiting the church organ, exploring its sonic possibilities and its idiomatic singularities, through improvisations highlighting both the melodic aspect and the richness in tone of this instrument. In November 2016, the producer Sun Chung followed Kit Downes in three English churches, two in Suffolk, one in London. You can find in these places very different acoustics for organs with very specific characters. It’s also a way for him to broaden his palette. Everything here is colourful, in the twists and turns of stateless but overpowering compositions and improvisations. Alone for the almost entirety of the album, Downes is joined for a track (Modern Gods) by tenor saxophonist Tom Challenger. It’s a superb discographic oddity.

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Kit Downes and Tom Challenger – Wedding Music (2013) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Kit Downes & Tom Challenger – Wedding Music (2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 47:37 minutes | 416 MB | Genre: Jazz
Official Digital Download – Source: Bandcamp.com | Front cover

‘Wedding Music’ is the stunning collaboration between Tom Challenger (Saxophone) and Kit Downes (Church Organ). Having both led, co-led and recorded with their own critically acclaimed ensembles (Downes with his Mercury nominated ‘Golden’ and later ‘Quiet Tiger’; Challenger with Ma: ‘The Last’ and Outhouse: ‘Straws Sticks and Bricks’), ‘Wedding Music’ matches the unique texture of Church Organ and Saxophone, as well as bringing together two of the most exciting and gifted young improvisers in the UK.

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