PD3 The Pete Downes Trio
Biography by Gordon Moore
Pete Downes is one of those incredible talents that only surfaces once in a blue moon. Completely self taught, he is rapidly becoming one of Europe's leading guitarists in the modern jazz fusion genre. Already established on the jazz scene in the UK and Italy with a string of regular appearances culminating with a packed audience at Glastonbury Festival where they played the Jazz Lounge.
With influences that cover such a wide spectrum as Pat Metheny to Jimi Hendrix their first album Street Scene caught the attention of Jazzwise, Jazz FM and critic praise from The Guardian, The Observer and many other Radio Stations and newspapers. The eagerly awaited follow up album Into The Blue. is a further step on the road to a wider audience. On this album PD3 blend their infectious original compositions with totally fresh and inspired versions of popular songs from the 70s to present day in a way that simply underlines the incredible versatility of the trio and the ease in which they can provide assessable jazz routed music to a much wider audience.
From moment to moment (Downes') evocations leap from hairy rock-tinged
John Scofield (Killer Joe), to howling Hendrix (Straight No Chaser) to rhapsodic-
acoustic Ralph Towner (View in Blue).
His alert comping enables Pearce's trumpet to really stretch out over Coe and
Jack Massarik: Jazzwise
Sounding both relaxed and contemporary simultaneously. PD3 are well versed in
the art of collective improvisation and seamlessly interwoven lines.
Derek Ansell: Jazz Journal International
Willing to teach
Advanced students only.