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Chris Bowden


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Chris Bowden is a British alto saxophonist, composer and arranger, working across a variety of genres from acoustic to and . As well as his solo releases he has contributed to music by 4hero, The Herbaliser and The Heritage Orchestra among others. He is currently active with The Tomorrow Band and Scorched Earth.

Originally from Birmingham, UK, he began his professional career with The K-Creative in the early 90s boom, and also worked with Palm Skin Productions, Jessica Lauren and Jhelisa Anderson. His first solo album, Time Capsule (released by Soul Jazz in 1996) is a sprawling trip through funk and latin-infused jazz, a core quartet (sax, keys, bass and drums) augmented with strings, percussion and wordless backing vocals.

Bowden was then invited to work with 4hero, developing an organic, jazz & soul-influenced take on for the album Two Pages (1998). He played live with them and collaborated on a single, Hero. During this period Bowden also performed and MDd with James Mason on his Rhythm Of Life tour, and Doug Carn with a set compiled from his Black Jazz Records catalogue.

Following extensive work with The Herbaliser and a contribution to the legendary Xen Cuts compilation, Bowden’s second solo album Slightly Askew was released by Ninja Tune in 2002, further expanding on the blueprint of Time Capsule. The album became associated with the “future jazz” movement and led to to three BBC Jazz Award nominations and sell-out performances at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival, London’s Jazz Café and Cargo.


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  • N0vas

    Beautiful nasty! This is amazing! So glad I stumbled upon this guy!

    8 Oct 2011 Reply
  • bennok

    Wow, I just discovered Chris, thanks to "Fidgital" here on LastFM!

    10 Mar 2011 Reply
  • scorchedearthuk

    You can hear some new Chris Bowden tunes with his new band Scorched Earth. New album out now! Go to:

    25 Nov 2006 Reply

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