Enemy / fot. Juliane Schatz
Enemy / fot. Juliane Schatz
Jazz & World Music
7:00 PM
NFM, Red Hall


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Petter Eldh – double bass
Kit Downes – piano
James Maddren – drums

NFM, Red Hall
plac Wolności 1, 50-071 Wrocław
from 20 to 65 zł

After his widely acclaimed ECM leader-debut Obsidian saw Kit Downes exploring a broad spectrum of organ timbres and the chamber-toned follow-up Dreamlife of Debris substantially expanded the instrumental palette, Vermillion now introduces us to Kit’s exceptional pianistic qualities in a trio context, alongside collaborators Petter Eldh on bass and James Maddren on drums.

The Guardian has praised Kit for his “uncanny ability to make difficult music sound natural”, and Vermillion provides proof of that, capturing the players in a carefully crafted and varied piano trio programme that displays gentle lyricism and bold creative outbursts in equal measures and shows a strong penchant for melody.

“This record is different from what I’ve done before. We pushed ourselves into an area that we haven’t played in before, which is a more chamber music-oriented sound. The complex rhythmic component is still kept intact, but it’s wrapped in a different aesthetic.” No matter whether it was written and rehearsed at an earlier point or brought to the group on the day of the recording, the trio gives each idea definition and every impulse precise form. On Vermillion, construction and deconstruction exist in harmony with each other, creating organic shapes as the two extremes pull in opposite directions and yield gracefully melodious themes in the process. Kit and Petter each came up with five pieces, with the eleventh and final track being an abstract take on Jimi Hendrix’ Castles Made of Sand – the trio joining together in a careful unravelling of the song’s individual elements. Vermillion, recorded at the Auditorio Stelio Moloin Lugano in May and June 2021, was produced by Manfred Eicher.

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