Beautiful sounds from legendary UK reedman Bob Down
es – tracks released in a relatively unassuming package, but with a vibe that makes the set one of Bob's most soulful, spiritual records ever! The title's a bit of a gimmick, but it works perfectly here – as Down
es blows a variety of reeds in the company of four different bassists, each recorded at a different time – a lineup that includes Barry Guy, Paul Bridge, Andrew Cleyndert, and Marc Meggido – in performances recorded between 1975 and 2005, but presented here with a surprisingly unified feel. Down
es sounds tremendous throughout – at that level that we've discovered on some of his self-released records like this, which arguably is even higher than his better-known 70s material – playing flutes, tenor, alto, soprano, and other instruments next to warm, round, open tones from each bassist. Titles include "Occidental Oriental", "Dawn Dreams", "Just A Minute", "Bluesing", "Coasting", "Cocowanna", "Starburst Galaxy", and "Dark Corners".