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PD3 - Peter Downes Trio - with Special Guest
Dick Pearce on Trumpet
Promotional Information for
UK / Ireland Tour 2009
In the 90's he wrote and produced music for a series of very successful self-help tapes with hypnotherapist Christine King. This led to solo albums Fantasea and Joy. Both are soon to be re-released by Wiser Productions. His solo album 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
Dick 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 2005
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.
Coe - Double
Andy also performs with Jack-E McAuley's - Poormouth.
His own 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 Seventh Wave.
In addition to PD3, Tim gigs regularly with the rock band Shades of Red.
Song title Composer Time 2 min MP3s
1 Cantaloupe Island Herbie Hancock 7.30 Hear
2 Killer Joe Benny Golson 8.49 Hear
3 View in Blue Pete Downes 5.03 Hear
4 Eclipse Pete Downes 5.52 Hear
5 Tutu Marcus Miller 8.06 Hear
6 Requiem WA Mozart. Arr: Downes 5.54 Hear
7 Straight No Chaser Thelonious Monk 8.42 Hear
8 Watermelon Man Herbie Hancock 6.48 Hear
9 So What Miles Davis 10.22 Hear
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"Downes' evocations leap from hairy rock-tinged John Scofield (Killer Joe), to howling Hendrix (Straight No Chaser) to rhapsodic-acoustic Ralph Towner (View in Blue). Downes' alert comping enables Pearce's trumpet to really stretch out over Coe and Bruce's beats" Jack Massarik
"This is jazz that spans many different moods and intensities. I say it's a tribute to the skills of both soloists that they achieve these mood changes without showing any joins." Bob Bevan-Jones
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."
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 - they readily booked for
a live performance at Concert Jazz - its no Miracle they just want to
play and the audience loved it and scrambled to buy the Cd's.
If you are interested as a promoter we will gladly send you additional promo materials and CD.
will be touring the UK during July 2009:
Interest shown by:-
Requirements for Performance Venues -
Peter Downes is also keen to impart his skills to Students of Guitar Interpretation and can hold Workshop/Master Class projects in Colleges, Theatres, Studios and other suitable venues. These can be linked up with daytime assemblies at any of the evening Concert Venues.
Education and working with young musicians is a very important area of Peter's work and he gives individual tuition on vocal technique both in schools and privately, coaches youth groups and organises workshops which he has presented over the years. Music is a Universal Language and has no Boundaries or Borders. Classes can be structured to specific needs and encompass all music genres.
One day workshop lasting 3 hours, would consist of:-
· Interpretation of a Chart
· Contemporary Guitar Styles
- Application of Guitar Techniques
Musicians and Deputies
The line-ups as listed are correct at the time of Publication and are those given to us by the Artist, and the 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.
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