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With Dick Pearce Live

Artist: PD3 (Pete Downes Trio)

Date of Release: 28/08/2006

Catalogue no: 1011

Label: Wiser Productions

Price: £12

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Track Listing

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Title

Duration

1

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Cantaloupe Island

7.32

2

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Killer Joe

8.49

3

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View in Blue

5.04

4

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Eclipse

5.52

5

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Tutu

8.07

6

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Requiem

5.17

7

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Straight No Chaser

8.42

8

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Watermelon Man

6.48

9

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So What

10.13

 

 

 

 

Appearances by

Pete Downes

PD3 (Pete Downes Trio) have joined forces with legendary trumpet player Dick Pearce and produced an electrifying live recording from a performance at the Pizza Express Jazz Club, Soho, London in April.

"New material was chosen at a rehearsal before the gigs" says Pete - one of Europe's leading fusion guitarists, " therefore many of the tunes were performed for the first or second time. It's very exciting to capture that freshness in front of an audience.”

PD3 received critical acclaim with their earlier releases 'Street Scene' and 'Into the Blue' from the likes of Jazzwise, The Observer and Jazz Journal International. Dick Pearce (trumpet/flugelhorn) was in Ronnie Scott's band for many years and works regularly with the likes of Stan Tracy and other leading British jazz artists.

"I wrote 'View in Blue' for Dick" says Pete. "We had never played it live and had intentionally not worked out a concrete arrangement, yet it came together on the night and Dick's playing is hauntingly beautiful. Also the arrangement of Mozart's Requiem was for Dick. I took the first few bars before the choral section and merged the woodwind themes into a composite tune. Our original reggae-jazz version of Cantaloupe Island starts the CD and, as you can probably tell from the choice of material, we've retained our diverse influences throughout. "

"We met Dick at one of our trio performances" says Pete, "He said he thought our sound was exciting and that he'd like to play with us. We were really pleased as it was just what we were looking for as he adds immensly to the sound and retains originality and sensitivity. We’ve managed to retain the space and dynamics that we utilise almost as another instrument. Dick was aware of this and there is space to create pictures and movement.

Tim Bruce (drums) and Andy Coe (double bass) complete the quartet 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."

"Of course there are imperfections in a live recording, but life is like that. You hear the humanity come through. I've always been excited by live recordings: Weather Report 8.30, We Want Miles. John Mclaughlin Trio at the Festival Hall are in my Desert Island Disc list."

The cover design uses only photos by David Bell taken at the first nights performance and compliments the immediacy of the music.

For more information go to:
http://www.petedownes.com
email: pete@petedownes.com

 

Reviews

 

28/08/0006 Bob Bevan Jones

It used to be said that musical labels were “restrictive”: but that was just hippy libertarianism speaking. If you allow yourself to control the labels rather than let them control you, they are helpful in communicating ideas. So why do we mess with them so much in this country? The label “garage” came to mean something entirely different in the 1990s than it had in the 1970s; and the “R&B”of today bears no resemblance to the “R&B” of the 1950s and 1960s. I know that jazz has had its difficulties with musical labels in the past; but I can tell when something is a form of jazz and when it's something else masquerading as jazz. They order these things better in France, I fancy; or rather, across all Europe there seems to be a better understanding about what jazz is and what it does to the listener and for the listener. Pete Downes' band has always struck me as a band that could win fame and plaudits on the continent; while here in Britain it's still waiting for its fair share of media attention.

With luck, Pete's new CD [“PD3 with Dick Pearce – Live”, Wiser WPCD0004 ? 2006] will help him to win new audiences. It certainly should. Never before has the band sounded so tight, largely because of the solid underpinning provided by Andy Coe (bass) and Tim Bruce (drums). And on this album Pete's lush and passionate guitar work is complemented by the equally lush and passionate horn sounds of the legendary Dick Pearce, who has worked in the past with Ronnie Scott, Don Weller and Mornington Lockett.

Both Pete and Dick can make the music they play sound smooth when it needs to be; but by no definition is it “smooth” music. This is jazz that spans many different moods and intensities, ranging from a comtemplative arrangement of Mozart's “Requiem” through to Marcus Miller's funky “Tutu”. I say it's a tribute to the skills of both soloists that they achieve these mood changes without showing any joins. And you can measure their generous spirits by the way they leave room for each other, while also allowing bass and drums to come to the fore on occasion. Both Andy and Tim get opportunities to show their mastery of their instruments.

Two fine tracks on this CD demonstrate Pete's developing skill as a composer. As those familiar with previous PD3 CDs will know, he's written some fabulous pieces in the past; and there are two Downes-penned numbers on the new CD: “View in Blue” and “Eclipse” – the latter previously showcased on the band's excellent “Street Scene” album. In my opinion, these are among the best tracks on the CD.

Pete's trio is an entity in itself; and Dick Pearce is a instrumentalist who has in the past and will in the future play in a variety of different jazz contexts. Their coming-together has produced something surprisingly singular and integrated. Buy this CD and be fascinated – be entertained – be delighted!

 

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