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Mike Downes - In the Current (Addo Records)

Mike Downes bass, conductor, Colleen Allen alto and soprano saxophones, flute, clarinet and bass clarinet, Kelly Jefferson tenor and soprano saxophones, Shirantha Beddage baritone, tenor and soprano saxophones, flute, clarinet and bass clarinet, Jonathan Challoner trumpet and flugelhorn, James MacDonald F/Bb horn, descant horn, Kelsley Grant trombone, N. Jay Burr tuba, Brian Dickinson piano and keyboard, Ted Quinlan guitar and Mark Kelso drums and percussion.

 

 

The Mike Downes Parallel Streams Ensemble is an 11-piece jazz group featuring some of the top musicians in Toronto. Led by one of Canada's foremost bassists and composers, the group showcases Mike's melodic and textural compositional approach that takes full advantage of the timbral possibilities of the ensemble. Drawing inspiration from "third stream" music, in which Gil Evans, Miles Davis, Gunther Schuller and others fused elements of Western art music with jazz in the 1950s, Mike is moving into 2014 with music that "emanates from all the experiences in my life and from the many tributaries that have converged into the collective stream of music" (In the Current liner notes). In the Current, on Addo Records, will be released in early 2014.

Already on the list of top Canadian jazz CDs by Peter Hum, Ottawa Citizen

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Review on Bop-N-Jazz:  http://www.criticaljazz.com/2014/10/mike-downes-in-current-addo-2014.html

Review on All About Jazz: http://www.allaboutjazz.com/in-the-current-mike-downes-addo-records-review-by-jack-bowers.php


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The Juno Awards took place in Vancouver in late March, 2018. It was a thrill to have Root Structure recognized as Jazz Album of the Year:Solo. It features Robi Botos - keyboards, Ted Quinlan - guitars, Larnell Lewis - drums and me on bass. It was beautifully recorded by engineer Steve Bellamy.

2014 JUNO WINNER

 

Ripple Effect, winner of the Traditional Jazz Album of the Year Juno Award in 2014, is available on itunes and at cdbaby.com!

Mike Downes - bass, Robo Botos - piano, Ethan Ardelli - drums and special guest Ted Quinlan - guitar.

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