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Quiet Tiger [CD]

Kit Downes Trio Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (7 Mar 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Basho Records
  • ASIN: B004J5C2US
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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Quiet Tiger is the second album from BBC Award-winning, 24 year old pianist/composer Kit Downes, and the follow-up to his Mercury Prize nominated debut album Golden.

Downes is one of the most brilliant musicians of his generation. A gifted composer and sparkling improviser, who brings an under-stated verve and earthy brilliance to the music. Inspired by artists as diverse as Bill Frisell, Bartok, Skip James, Paul Bley and Bjork as well as singer-songwriters Elliot Smith and Nick Drake, his compositions have a cinematic, story-telling quality that draw the listener in.

Quiet Tiger is aptly titled capturing the gentle charisma of Downes playing and his thoughtful brilliance. Darker and more textured than its predecessor, Quiet Tiger again features the Kit Downes Trio - bassist Calum Gourlay, drummer James Maddren as well as special guests Adrien Dennefeld on cello and James Allsopp on tenor saxophone and bass-clarinet. The rapport between the trio is clear (they’ve been playing together for six years now) but the extra voicings really bring Downes music into focus, expanding his musical palate with a richer, deeper, more expressive sound that perfectly complements his evocative narratives and explosive improvisational journeys.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Atmospheric Original Jazz. 14 April 2011
Format:Audio CD
I was a big fan of Empirical's debut album, so I looked out for Kit Downes and bought Golden which has some great tunes and playing.

His trio's second album is different again - not least for the fact that it's no longer a trio and has additional musicians on most tracks, which add further colours to the music and create a different atmosphere. This is mostly a gentle sound, with piano to the fore and reeds/cello providing what sounds like written accompanying parts - the exceptions being "Wooden Birds" and The Wizards" which provide interludes of "Free Jazz"!

Downes' compositions however are what define this album and where it stands and falls. I would say that there are some good tunes here - but nothing that really stands out - this gives most of the album a consistent mood and makes it feel like a statement, along the lines of Seb Rochford's Polar Bear before they started using electronics.

There is a wistful, haunting quality to many of the piano-lead melodies - which is peculiarly British or maybe European - this is a long way from US, Blues-based Jazz and has a sound of its own - more about the written compositions and moods created. Calum Gourlay and James Maddren are very sympathetic collaborators - the bass in particular, echoing the melancholy moods and providing several nice solos that fit the tunes well.

The sound is perfectly clear and in fact the only slight annoyance is when you hear Downes "singing" behind his solos in the manner of Keith Jarrett - this sometimes breaks the mood and detracts from the lovely piano sound, for example on "Skip James" the vocal sounds just don't fit in with the sustained mood created, by the instruments.

Overall though this is a worthy successor to Golden and you can see how there is a logical progression - leading on to future larger ensembles, possibly.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent modern jazz trio 3 Oct 2011
Format:Audio CD
For some ,Jazz is either a thing of the past, a quaint museum piece appreciated mostly by men in corduroy jackets and goatee beards to ponder over while drinking their real ale.For others it is a mutant creature that has moved on from its swinging verities to something that its forefathers and sisters would barely recognize. For me, Jazz is a work in progress. It is a music as Kit Downes and band prove on this CD that has broad enough roots to support just about any artistic expression and be successful on its own terms.

'Quiet Tiger' sounds very spontaneous yet very composed.In places this could almost be an ECM album-ethereal and pellucid , in others it sounds very robust, even muscular with the odd flirtation with atonalism. In no sense is 'Quiet Tiger' difficult, though it is certainly challenging -or should that be stimulating? Anyone enjoying Jazz in the Miles Davis 'ESP' / 'Seven Steps To Heaven' vien or the musings of Bill Evans,Keith Jarret or Chick Corea will want to give this album close inspection. Excellent stuff.

ps: Well recorded - notes could have been a little more expansive!

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4.0 out of 5 stars Kit Downes Trio - Quiet Tiger 9 Mar 2011
Format:Audio CD
Being no fan of the stuff that Empirical were doing, I was almost taken aback when I heard the first album, "Golden". Such was its accessibility and even delicacy when compared to the contemporary jazz that Kit Downes had previously been involved in creating. So I was very much looking forward to the release of this one. "Quiet Tiger" does have it's flowing and lyrical tracks , less so on others but interesting and engaging nevertheless. I could though do without a few other tracks, like the darker and even disturbing "Wooden Bird". Consequently. unlike their first album, if I were to download I'd be selective as to which tracks I'd choose. Nevertheless, I expect that this album will do nothing to diminish Kit Downes' growing reputation as both a pianist and as a composer.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely horrendous 27 May 2013
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I bought this CD having read some wonderful reviews about what these guys were doing..What a disappointment , I cannot understand what they are trying to produce on this CD, it is certainly not free jazz - perhaps give-away jazz!
Kit can definitely play the piano as he shows on a couple of the tracks,but most of the tracks sound like amateur musicians tuning up and practising in a remote Church hall.
The best aspect of this product is the fine artwork on the sleeve , so all jazz lovers or music lovers in general, do yourselves a favour and stay well clear of this.
My copy will be going to the nearest charity shop.
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