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Root Structure

by Mike Downes

2018 JUNO winner for Jazz Album of the Year: Solo, Root Structure features four of Canada’s most prominent jazz musicians: Mike Downes, Robi Botos, Ted Quinlan and Larnell Lewis. Contemporary and strongly melodic.
Genre: Jazz: Contemporary Jazz
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2. Heart of the Matter
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3. Miles
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4. Moving Mountains
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5. The Raven
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6. Root Structure
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7. Flow
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8. Pre-Prelude
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9. Prelude and Variations
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10. Matter of the Heart
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This JUNO winning recording features four of Canada’s top jazz musicians – Mike Downes (JUNO Award winner 2014 and 2018), Robi Botos (JUNO Award winner 2016 and 2019), Ted Quinlan (JUNO nomination 1998) and Larnell Lewis (Grammy Award winner with Snarky Puppy 2017), “Root Structure” explores lyrical compositions with a deep underlying structural integrity. Mike undertook an extensive study of large ensemble writing (including the work of Gil Evans and Maria Schneider), culminating in a Master’s degree in composition and the release of his recording “In the Current,” (Addo Records, 2014) featuring a 12-piece chamber jazz ensemble. Inspired by new approaches to form, structure and the interweaving of improvisation and melodic development, Mike brought these ideas into his latest quartet recording.

From Mike Downes – “In music and life, I’ve always been interested in what lies beneath the surface: the underlying structures that hold everything together, the strength that resides deep down. The music in this recording was composed and performed in this spirit.”

"5/5 - This album is as close to perfect as it is possible to get and fully warrants its rating here. Buy it!" "Alan Musson, UK Vibe

"One of the most intriguing and innovative small group jazz recordings of the year” Lesley Mitchell-Clarke, theWholeNote

"A team that has everything covered. Together, they carry out Downes' mission of foundational exploration while shedding light on his compositional gifts." Dan Bilawsky, All About Jazz

“As gifted a composer as he is a bassist." - Chris Kosky, International Society of Bassists



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