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Kit Downes Quintet  -  Thu Apr 12, 2012  |  08:00 pm
Admission £ 10.00 ( £ 8.00 concessions)
0191 232 0192
This superb quintet is an expanded version of pianist Kit Downes' regular trio, which as well as being widely acclaimed in the jazz community, had the rare distinction of being nominated for the Mercury Music Prize in 2010.

It was during that year, in the midst of a hectic concert programme, that Kit recorded a new album, 'Quiet Tiger', in which the trio was augmented by the addition of reeds and cello. The extra voicings possible with the extended line-up really brought Kit's music into focus, expanding his musical palate and allowing for a richer, deeper, more expressive sound that perfectly complemented his evocative narratives and explosive improvisational journeys. With Kit's formidable piano playing tying it all together, the album was described by critic John Fordham as "a fine balance of spontaneity and shapeliness".

Kit is so busy with the trio and as an invaluable sideman in other bands that it's taken a while to get the quintet on the touring trail, but as soon as they became available, Jazz North East had no hesitation in booking them. This promises to be a real treat from one of the most exciting young groups in UK jazz.