Jazz breaking news: Kit Downes Trio Nominated For The Mercury
Written by Neil Price
July 20, 2010
Golden, the debut album by the Kit Downes Trio has been nominated for this year’s Mercury prize. Pianist Downes, a former member of Empirical, and a winner of the 2008 BBC Jazz Award For Rising Star leads his trio of bassist Calum Gourlay and drummer James Maddren and released the album last year on Basho Records.
A former pupil of the Purcell School and a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, Downes, 24, also is a member of the prog jazz group Troyka (playing organ) and during his time with Empirical performed on the group’s critically acclaimed eponymous debut recorded for Courtney Pine’s Destin-e Records label.
Downes took the brave decision to leave the group, embarking on a new career which saw him forming new groups including the KDT and joining Troyka.
Other albums nominated are by Biffy Clyro for Only Revolutions; Corinne Bailey Rae for The Sea; Dizzee Rascal for Tongue 'N’ Cheek; Foals for Total Life Forever; I Am Kloot for Sky At Night; Laura Marling for I Speak Because I Can; Mumford And Sons for Sigh No More; Paul Weller for Wake Up The Nation; Villagers for Becoming A Jackal, Wild Beasts for Two Dancers and The XX for XX.
– Stephen Graham
The Kit Downes Trio perform at the Brecon Jazz Festival in Wales on 7 August. For more go to www.hayfestival.com/p-2654-kit-downes-trio.aspx