Portrait of Chris taken at Studio Twelve, November 2014.
“I see Chris as channelling the spirit of jazz and wanted my portrait to have a kind of séance feel about it” – Garry Corbett.
Chris Bowden hails from Birmingham. He began his professional career with The K Creative in the early 1990s acid-jazz boom, also working with Palmskin Productions, Jessica Lauren, Jhelisa and Gilles Peterson. Working across a variety of genres, he then went on to make impressive contributions to music by 4 Hero, The Herbaliser and The Heritage Orchestra.
His two main solo album releases, Time Capsule (Souljazz Records) and Slightly Askew (Ninja Tune) received wide critical acclaim throughoout the UK and Europe. He is a third of the Tomorrow Band trio with Ben Markland and Neil Bullock who have released two acclaimed albums, 3 to Get Ready (2007) and 2 to Get Set (2009) both on Rehab Records. He is currently writing new material for the third Tomorrow Band album to be released in Spring 2015.
Chris recommends the following 5-a-day:
Herbie Hancock Thrust (CBS Sony)
Chick Corea Three Quartets (Stretch Records)
Charlie Parker The Massey Hall Concert (Giants of Jazz)
Weather Report Black Market (CBS Sony)
Cannonball Adderley Somethin’ Else (Blue Note)
Photo and words © Garry Corbett
- Chris Bowden’s Tomorrow Band is playing in the Symphony Hall cafe bar tomorrow from 5pm. Full details are here.