What the papers say...
BBC Radio 3 - 'A gifted bass player...'
The Scotsman - 'Bowden's rise as a bassist has been auspicious...'
BBC Radio Scotland - 'Highly accomplished music-making'
London Jazz News - 'The audience enthusiastically applauded Bowden’s melodic bass solo in a laid-back Ellington-style piece.'
Jazz From Scotland - 'The panel were impressed by Bowden’s versatility, sincerity and ability to connect to his audience through music.'
The Herald - 'Great playing too from bassist David Bowden and fiddler Charlie Stewart’s jazz-folk septet at the Traverse in a debut gig that matched the Scottish tradition with a warm, melodic form of Pat Metheny-esque world jazz'
Jazz Journal - '...a fine pizzicato solo by Bowden...'
British Theatre Guide - 'The musicians... are excellent and do a little of the acting themselves; a nod to David Bowden (bass)'
Praise for Mezcla:
The Scotsman - ‘...Gleefully combining African, Latin-American and even Scottish influences with exuberant energy...’
BBC Radio 3 - 'Grooving... with that African influence that I really like'
Praise for Square One:
London Jazz News - 'Imaginative compositional breadth, sparkling energy and nuanced elegance.'
Julian Joseph, BBC Radio 3 - 'a soulful and empathetic band with an irresistible charisma.'
Bebop Spoken Here - 'strong, melodic compositions negotiated with impressive, mature musicianship... a strongly recommended purchase.'
Jazz in York - 'In Motion is an outstanding offering from a band full of promise.They may be a young band but the record stands out as an exceptional offering irrelevant of age.'
The Jazz Breakfast - This is excellent music with all the modern attributes: tricky timing, harmony which feeds on folk and country rock as much as it does on jazz, good ensemble work and exuberant soloing. The ability of all four to build excitement suggests they’ll be a storm live.
Sandy Brown Jazz - 'A first class album... Square One is certainly a band to watch out for.'