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Quiet Tiger

Quiet Tiger

7 Mar 2011
4.1 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 7 Mar. 2011
  • Release Date: 7 Mar. 2011
  • Label: Basho Records
  • Copyright: 2011 Basho Records
  • Total Length: 1:06:45
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  • ASIN: B004JEVYMQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 159,715 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)
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By os TOP 500 REVIEWER on 3 Oct. 2011
Format: Audio CD
For some ,Jazz is 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!

Quiet Tiger
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By Bruce TOP 500 REVIEWER on 14 April 2011
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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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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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all good,thanks
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