All that Jazz: A look at new releases worth a listen (via Jerusalem Post)

Jazz has come a long way in the past 20 or 30 years or so. In this postmodern global-village world of ours it sometimes hard to nail what you are hearing down to a particular genre, and its connection with jazz per se may be tenuous at best.

29-year-old British pianist Kit Downes has been trawling the various strata of improvised music for some time now, and showed an abundance of promise with first recording, Golden, in 2009. Judging by his latest release, Tricko, he has clearly maintained his steep evolutionary trajectory.

Downes is one of that refreshing breed of musicians who are always looking way beyond the periphery of what is deemed to be “acceptable.”

The trio has been his favored performance and recording format for a while – particularly with his old mates bassist Calum Gourlay and drummer James Maddren, with whom he put out his first two albums, Quiet Tiger being his sophomore effort.

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