Meeting for the first time in 2002, Bourne, drummer Steve Davis and bassist Dave Kane played a completely improvised set at the Belfast Jazz Festival which became legendary. They followed this auspicious performance with a commission from the Bath Jazz festival – Whatever Happened to Jack Jones and the Early Recordings of Johnny Mathis, and have played regularly on the European festival/gig circuit.
Their immediate musical rapport is extended to the audience, making their performances very special experiences. The trio never rehearse and both of their released recordings, Lost Something and The Money Notes are comprised of first takes. They are the slowest and least-selling albums in jazz history.
In addition to their work as a trio, they have joined forces with tenor virtuoso, Paul Dunmall on many occasions – garnering many acclaimed, in-depth reviews for their powerful performances together. Their album, Moment to Moment, is their first ever meeting as a group – a tour de force well worth the admission price.
After just having celebrated their 10th Anniversary in November 2012, BDK have completed tier one of their new record. This will be followed by tiers two and three over the next year or so, leading up to a series of three very different releases in 2014.
BDK are currently working with Belfast-Based composer Piers Hellawell on a new work as part of the 2014 New Music Biennial, which will be premiered in 2014. Appearances to include Belfast International Festival, Bristol Jazz Festival, Southbank Centre, and as part of the Commonwealth Games celebrations in Glasgow.
Do check the Appearances page for upcoming BDK concerts.