CHRIS BOWDEN'S THE TOMORROW BAND - PR
Telescope turned microscope, macro to micro, it is time to journey back through the wormhole in search of the origin.
Multi award nominated UK jazzman Chris Bowden has confounded the futurists again. World renowned for his compositions of cosmos sized jazz works he plays his latest card; a trio based project featuring Ben Markland on bass and Neil Bullock on drums. The set features a reinterpretation of standard repertoire, given the minimalist treatment…very lean and very mean.
CHRIS BOWDEN'S THE TOMORROW BAND...3 TO GET READY
Chris Bowden - Biography
Let's face it, despite all its history, the myths and legends that surround its most famous exponents, the black and white photos, the recordings, the movies, even, the saxophone wasn't most contemporary music-makers idea of fun in the early nineties.
Chris Bowden could easily have stayed one of the unsung backroom musicians of the British scene - a fine sax player, a talented and knowledgeable arranger and composer. He could have been a straight-up UK jazz man playing in tiny clubs to 30 or 40 devotees.
He chose neither route.
Chris Bowden chose to make 'jazz' that was as contemporary and relevant as sampled, sequenced music. He chose to ignore obscurity, but to give Kenny G the finger, too. In 1996 he released 'Time Capsule' (Soul Jazz) to immense critical acclaim and general appreciation. Space jazz with the rigour of a classicist, by turns forbidding and kitsch, a superb mood piece rather than just a succession of tunes, it established that Bowden was a huge talent in
his own right.
Of course many people (mainly the people he had worked with, or those who read record sleeve credits carefully) already knew that. Bowden had started his professional career in the heart of the acid jazz boom playing sessions and shows for Talking Loud's K-Creative. He had continued to work with Simon Richmond (Palm Skin Productions) on Mo' Wax. He had also contributed arrangements and playing for Jessica Lauren (Soul Jazz) and Jhelisa Anderson (Dorado), contributing a distinctiveness to all these projects that would only be recognised as his in retrospect.
After 'Time Capsule' came out, he also played a large part in helping 4Hero develop the more organic, jazz-soul take on drum & bass that made up the first half of their "2 Pages" album. He wrote the music, arranged the strings and played sax on their "Hero" single, performing with them at live shows too. Also Chris MD'd and performed for American jazz legends James Mason, who was touring music from his Rhythm of Life album, and Doug Karn, with a set compiled from his Black Jazz Records catalogue.
It was through his long association with The Herbaliser that Bowden came into contact with Ninja Tune and his second long player quickly followed. Slightly Askew picked up from where his debut LP left. The trademark sonic sculptures were there developing over four epic studies in harmony and counterpoint that led to the highest praise.
The album became synonymous with the future jazz movement and propelled his status further leading to three BBC Jazz Award nominations and sell out performances at the internationally acclaimed Cheltenham Jazz Festival, London's Jazz Café and Cargo. He continued to collaborate and diversify with a landmark fusion of epic proportions with the 45 piece Heritage Orchestra. This project would take his repertoire to a new audience with appearances at The Barbican Centre, the Montreaux Jazz Festival, the Big Chill Festival and his hometown CBSO Centre.
After a revelatory period of self-discovery he was asked to contribute to the commemorative remix album marking the anniversary of Serge Gainsbourg's passing for Universal Jazz France. It was here he re-found his love of the small ensemble. This is encapsulated on his trio recordings with The Tomorrow Band; 3 to Get Ready is telescopic turned microscopic, a reinvention of his influences and an interpretation of classic repertoire with bassist Ben Markland and drummer Neil Bullock. Here we see the work of Cannonball Adderley, Miles Davis and Ornette Coleman amongst other giants, stripped to the bare bones in an LP that is very lean and very, very mean.
The ticket for tomorrow is released 19th March 2007 on Rehab Records.
Chris Bowden Press Cuts (also available as scans)
"True future music" -The Face.
"An ambitious & adventurous excursion. A deep, complex & ever-changing piece that makes the competition look half-baked." - Music Week.
"Sounding like a Michael Nyman tune that took a wrong turn & bumped into
a Miles Davis record (CD of the week)" -The Observer.
"Definitely the best thing we've heard this year. It could be the soundtrack
to our lives. Perfection" -Touch.
"True futurism. Enjoy" -Echoes.
"Out on the left field, past the edge of the solar system, music exploring
new territory, forging new alliances with ambiant trip hop, outer space &
the future. Lovely" -DJ.
"Reminiscent of Miles Davis, Stravinsky & Star Trek. Drop dead
"A beautiful & mysterious record. Place your order now" -Mixmag Update
"A vibrant filmic quality. Bowden is out on his own. Essential" -Straight No Chaser
"Supreme" - NME.
"An astonishing record in every way" -Melody Maker.
"The great Chris Bowden returns with another gem o astro-orchestration.......galactic jazz for silver surfers" -I D.
"Bowdens sax moves with the confidence & grace of a player who doesn't
need to show off to prove his virtuosity" -The Wire.
"Chris Bowden's album goes to infinity and beyond. The world just won't be the same again." – John L Walters, The Guardian (Five Stars)
"Bowden may be about style but, with substance too" – Jack Massarick, Evening Standard
"Totally essential" – 7 Magazine
"Absolutely superb, as always with Chris" – Laurent Garnier