More amazing work from the legendary Bob Downes
– the British reedman/
composer who's getting really rediscovered these days – represented here in a host of previously unissued tracks! Bob
put together the package from his vaults, and we've got to say that the music
here is every bit as wonderful as anything Downes
released back in the day – and is perhaps overall maybe even more striking, as most of it is played by a trio that features Bob
on flutes, tenor, alto, and soprano saxes, with Barry Guy on bass and Denis Smith on drums! There's a great groove on many numbers – kind of a modal, soulful bounce that really has us appreciating Guy's bass work from a whole new direction – especially since we've mostly known him as a more avant player. And Downes
is as creatively as compelling as ever – even playing "simultaneous saxes" at one point in the record! Titles include "Seashore", "West Eleven", "Walkin Runnin Man", "Funky Groove (parts 1 & 2)", "Brasilian Beauty", and "Wavelength".