Mike Downes: Root Structure

Bassist Mike Downes leads a sepia toned team of Ted Quinlan/g, Robi Botos/p-key and Larnell Lewis/dr through rich and textured originals. His pulse on the strings is thick and palpable, felt well on the steady “Moving Mountains” with Quinlan’s electric guitar and tender on “Flow” as Quinlan goes acoustic. Pastoral moods are panoramic during a soft “Heart of the Matter” while the team bears down on an assertive “Momentum” and funky title track. Funky blues have Botos on keyboards during a back-beating “Miles” and the swinging is easy during “The Raven.” Excellent team effort.


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