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Kit Downes Mercury Prize nominated debut album Golden announced to a wider audience, what the jazz world already knew, that Downes is one of the most brilliant musicians of his generation. A gifted composer and sparkling improviser, who whether playing with the bands Neon Quartet, Troyka and Golden Age Of Steam or leading his own lauded quintet, 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.
“Everyone’s favourite young pianist unpretentiously brilliant and full of subtle touches”. The Observer
“A brilliant soloist who builds ideas slowly into cascades of melodic ideas... highly imaginative tunes and expansive, melodic solos.” Time Out
“A choosy, patient storyteller, if one of his distinctive original themes only requires a handful of notes and a lot of spaces, he leaves it like that.” The Guardian
"Pianist Kit Downes's slender frame and shy demeanor hide a lightening musical intelligence and an engagingly slow-burn energy." The Daily Telegraph