The Jazz Suite
Took place on Wed 9th May 07
- Peter Downes Trio
Guitar Lead Trio with such an Amazing Full and Celestial Sound
Pete Downes -
Electric and Acoustic Guitars
Andy Coe - Double Bass
Tim Bruce - Drums
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is one of those incredible talents that only
surfaces once in a blue moon. Completely self taught, he is rapidly becoming one
of Europe’s leading guitarists in the modern jazz fusion genre. Already
established on the jazz scene in the UK and Italy with a string of regular
appearances culminating with a packed audience at Glastonbury Festival
where they played the Jazz Lounge.
90's he wrote and produced music for a series of very successful
self-help tapes with hypnotherapist Christine King. This led to solo
Both are soon to be re-released by Wiser Productions. His solo
Sea of Tranquility
was recently re-released
With influences that
cover such a wide spectrum as Pat Metheny to Jimi Hendrix their first
Scene” caught the attention of Jazzwise,
Jazz FM and critic praise from The Guardian,
The Observer and many other Radio Stations and
The eagerly awaited follow up album “Into
The Blue.” is a further step on the road to a wider
audience. On this album PD3 blend their infectious original compositions
with totally fresh and inspired versions of popular songs from the 70s
to present day in a way that simply underlines the incredible
versatility of the trio and the ease in which they can provide
assessable jazz routed music to a much wider audience.
PD3 - Tim Bruce (drums) and Andy Coe (double bass)
complete the Trio and were the rhythm section on the first two
recordings. "Tim is a very percussive drummer and when you play with him
you can feel him listening.
Andy is very visual and entertains the
audience with his physical approach."
Andy'’s extreme and unique bass playing not only providing a solid back
line, but pulsing through on solos and driving the music along to Tim
Bruce’s meticulous drumming.
Pete Downes’ guitar work is unrivalled, but
never over the top or self indulgent.
He is a master of understatement
and delicate phrasing, but when the track requires power, he’s there
adding just the right amount of weight so as not to overpower or derail
the beauty of the theme.
Coe - Double Bass
studied classical music for the double bass at school in England, but
took up jazz seriously after hearing Miles Davis's Bitches Brew
performed live at the Isle of Wight Festival in 1970.
His prime influences include Charlie Haden and Ray Brown.
versatility has enabled him to experiment with a variety of sound
combinations and music forms, including a period with John Stevens'
Spontaneous Music Ensemble and the Portsmouth Sinfonia,
performs with Jack-E McAuley's Poormouth.
Bruce - Drums
Having studied under the
tutelage of drum masters Mal Cutland and Lloyd Ryan, Tim is a master in
versatility on drums.
He has played a wide variety of music live & in session for Roogalator,
Polly Brown Blues Band, Boney M and has toured with The Stranglers.
jazz trio played recently at the Ealing Jazz Festival and Tim was a
regular on stage at the Bulls Head (Barnes) with the Latin Jazz group
addition to PD3, Tim gigs regularly with the rock band Shades of Red.
The PD3 band
delivered two magnificent sets -
Moondance - Van Morrison
Eclipse - Peter Downes
Straight No Chaser - Thelonius Sphere Monk
Dont Know Why -Jesse Harris for Norah jones
Fragile - Sting
Autumn Leaves - Kosma/Mercer
Belsize - Andy Coe/Peter Downes
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Misty - Errol Garner/Burke
Stella by Starlight - Victor Young
Requiem - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Footprints - Wayne Shorter
Little Wing - Jimi Hendricks
Round Midnight - Thelonius Sphere Monk
James - Pat Metheny
Joy Spring - Clifford Brown - The Encore was - So What - Miles Davis
PD3 with Dick Pearce Live
(Pizza Express) - really fine laid back but authoratitive performances -
1 Cantaloupe Island 07:22
2 Killer Joe 08:49
3 View in Blue 05:04
4 Eclipse 05:52
5 Tutu 08:07
6 Requiem 05:17
7 Straight No Chaser 08:42
8 Watermelon Man 06:48
9 So What 10:13
Pearce - A player with an equally formidable reputation who has
suffered a similar fate of neglect by record labels is
Dick Pearce. More than any other British
jazz trumpeter, Pearce probably deserves the mantle of heir to Jimmy
Deuchar, offering a style that contains a fractured lyricism reminiscent
of his forebear. Pearce began his career as a military band musician and
subsequently emerged in the 1970s from one of the earliest editions of
that ongoing jazz dynasty, the National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO).
Surrounded by would-be plugged-in Miles Davis clones, and by those
musicians who had reached attention through the very different
apprenticeship of free music, Pearce was notable for being the kind of
straight ahead player who might well have appeared on the London jazz
scene twenty years earlier. He has a sophisticated command of harmonic
improvising, although, as with his self-confessed (and disparate)
trumpet heroes - Chet Baker, Art Farmer and Don Cherry - his playing
comes across as anything but contrived. Pearce had a lengthy association
with Ronnie Scott which lasted from the 1970s until Scott's health
forced him to abandon performing in the mid-1990s, and some of his best
recorded work can be found on the CD Never Pat A Burning Dog
(Jazz House, 1990), where his solos contrast admirably with Scott's more
forthright contributions, and contain a heat and urgency never far
beneath the cool surface.
A quartet CD for FMR records in 1994 remains Pearce's only noticeable
solo recording effort and, as with virtually all the players mentioned
here, his reputation would be ill-founded if one were to base it solely
on the quantity of his recorded output. However, Pearce's beautifully
integrated mix of hard bop and abstraction influenced a whole generation
of British trumpeters including those who followed in his footsteps with
NYJO, such as Gerard Presencer and Guy Barker, both of whom have made
careers representative of the kind of failsafe adaptability that has
long been the way for British trumpeters
© SIMON SPILLETTJune
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|Into the Blue
|Stella By Starlight
|Don't Know Why
|My Favourite Things
|Straight No Chaser
Guitar: Bach now on iTunes
Pete Downes' new solo guitar recording of JS Bach lute suites is now on
"Many excellent classical guitarists have recorded this music," says
Pete, "However, I felt that my experience in jazz, rock and contemporary
music would allow me to approach them in my own way. A traditional
instrument with a modern feel".
PD3 do have a very strong set
which is surprisingly diverse and has earned great reviews -
nuance and balance are their strong points. Pete Downes (the 'PD' of the
title) plays guitar, both electric and acoustic, with a distinctively
bright and crystalline sound, while bassist Andy Coe and drummer Tim
Bruce match him to perfection."
have surpassed all my expectations with an album that is nothing short
"This was the album PD3 were meant to record, like Floyd's Dark Side Of
the Moon or Miles Davies' Kind Of Blue - ultimately listenable without a
single bad track."
Eddie - I was sat banging away at my computer and listening to
thejazz top 500 over Easter and the most wonderful, celestial and pure
Metheny like guitar sound came washing through the speakers and made me
sit up and listen - fortunately the number 'Into the Blue' was back
announced so I then pursued the band name only to find to my
astonishment it was a British group - and now they are booked for
a live performance at Concert Jazz - its no Miracle they just want to
play and you are going to love it - 'home grown is a good thing'..
Did you attend this event? Want to add your own re-view or comment?
Eddie, Just to say THANKS from all of us for an evening of great musical
entertainment....3 brilliant and gifted guys who we would not have
witnessed but for you. Emailed Pete with thanks and appreciation
.....worth going much more than our 30 mile round trip to see!
Yours aye, Jules.
Yes - PD3 were superb,
all of them, Andy Coe was amazing on bass. I will see if I can get some
more followers to join me. Warren
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Musicians and Deputies
The line-ups as listed are correct at the time of Publication and are those
given to us by the leader of the group, and information is as accurate as we can
make it. With the Music business being what it is, inevitable changes happen,
and we amend the listings except for those that happen on the night. We have
been very fortunate, as the substitutions made by the groups have often been
surprise upgrades. Nevertheless, the situation is not one we can control due to
the fallibility of the ever sensitive musicians. Blessed as they are -
they are not invulnerable.