Kit Downes Trio
Basho Records

3 star rating
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Over the last two years, UK pianist/composer Kit Downes has delivered ultra-cool modernism with Empirical, grungy funk with Troyka and improv with Fraud.

His debut album turns to the conventional acoustic piano trio and gives it a linear twist, putting eight original compositions through their paces with strong support from bassist Calum Gourlay and James Madden on drums.

Themes develop through trenchant swing to airy rock; there are classical references and easy-on-the-ear riffs. The title track is an impressionist swirl, “Homely”, a warm-hearted snippet, and “Madame”, a fugue-like feature for bass.

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