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Root Structure

by Mike Downes

Root Structure is the latest recording from JUNO Award winner Mike Downes (bass) with Robi Botos (piano and JUNO winner), Ted Quinlan (guitar and JUNO nominee) and Larnell Lewis (drums and Grammy winner with Snarky Puppy).
Genre: Jazz: Contemporary Jazz
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1. Momentum
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2. Heart of the Matter
6:53 $0.99
3. Miles
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4. Moving Mountains
7:53 $0.99
5. The Raven
6:25 $0.99
6. Root Structure
4:42 $0.99
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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Album Notes
Featuring four of Canada’s top jazz musicians – Mike Downes (JUNO Award winner 2014), Robi Botos (JUNO Award winner 2016), 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.”

Previous reviews:

"Ripple Effect is a beautifully layered textural conversation with a trio performing as one harmonic train of thought... The technique and interplay between Downes and pianist Robi Botos is remarkable as their own lyrical visions become intertwined within each piece." Brent Black, Bop-N-Jazz

“The four men share common musical tastes and, equally important, there is a spirit of camaraderie and a certain indescribable chemistry.” - Nick Miliokas, the Leader Post

"Bright musical imaginations at full stretch.” - Geoff Chapman, the Toronto Star

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

"Mike’s time playing is delightfully inventive...his lines are clear, hip, and agile. His technique and intonation are extraordinary.”  - Kim Richmond, Jazz Player Magazine

"Emotionally direct, profoundly lyrical bass work." - Stuart Broomer, The Whole Note



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