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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 3 October 2011
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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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 14 April 2011
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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on 9 March 2011
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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on 20 March 2012
Quiet Tiger

Kit Downes composes and plays cutting edge jazz music. Innovative, contemporary and highly original , this album is a must have for the contemporary jazz fan and will become a classic album in the future.

Buy this CD, play it a thousand times, treasure it and keep it forever !
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on 4 June 2011
I have followed these guys for a while now and they have already surpassed my expectations.
Kit Downes is rapidly becoming the most critically acclaimed pianist of his generation. Calum and James are also fantastic musicians and this trio have built a style that is second to none. I can listen to this album and their last 'Golden' in the car or at home in the sofa. Norwich awaits another visit from these men.
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on 27 May 2013
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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on 28 September 2014
all good,thanks
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on 19 March 2013
would recomend it to all who enjoy modern jazz music, each player in the trio blends well while still showing there own talent
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