New CD released:  " IT'S A MYSTERY "
Bob Downes was a name you’d see everywhere in the late ‘60s/early ‘70s – always up to his neck in something interesting and experimental. Last year I tracked down a composition of his for Alphorns for the Probes series (it will be in No.22) and a few months later he sent me an unreleased recording of his 1970 Dream Journey, a great dance composition that speaks volumes about the general musical climate of the time (it’s for 3 percussionists, two flautists, saxophones, trumpets and bass). I asked if there were more and we soon shuffled this compilation together, which covers a lot of ground: from solo to 65-piece wind band, recording experiments to library music and the years 1970 to 2004. And, of course, Alphorns. Several tracks feature the legendary John Stevens, percussionist Derek Hogg and bassist Daryl Runswick. It’s constantly engaging, inventive and a pleasure to listen to; and it’s also a fascinating window onto a (sadly) vanished aesthetic.
Chris Cutler
DOWNES, BOB: It’s a Mystery
Hello Bob

Thank you for the next step.

Various ways were tried so far, but I couldn't play improvisation.
"Riding Smooth" is very smooth to play.
I could chose a note properly on this tune for the first time.
It's too strange and marvellous!

Your teaching method is good!
Your tune is excellent?
Very strange.

"Positive Thinking" sounds like a little bit melancholy.
I also could chose a note properly on this tune.

I'm very happy to have reached this stage.
Because I couldn't do at all so far.
This practice is more fun than sheet music is read and played.
I'll practice more and more.

I'm very happy.
Thank you very very much.

"Just found in the attic, a box of DIVERSIONS LPS (1972)
LP & Cover in absolute mint condition.
available from the SHOP."
Preview and Samples to the New Album "The COOL Approach"  here on Youtube
Albumauskopplung "FEVER" aus "The COOL Approach" here
New Album released: Blowin' with Bass

“For me your music was always a way out of a common, normal, boring, world”

Maria Dickie (Brasil)